17 December 2020, 15:07


LPR passes body of Kiev forces member who died of overdose to Ukraine - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, December 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic representatives passed Ukraine the body of 14th Brigade serviceman Nikolay Tarasyuk who had died of overdose, LPR People’s Militia chief of staff Yan Leschenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The incident occurred at the Ukrainian army’s 14th Brigade, to which volunteers had delivered a batch of alcoholic beverages and drugs disguised as gifts,” Leschenko said. “In the Frunze settlement area, LPR militiamen detained an unidentified man who was walking from 14th Brigade positions located in the Krymskoye settlement area. The detainee was unarmed and was obviously walking unsteadily; he showed clear signs of alcohol and drug intoxication, his face had numerous abrasions, his clothes were torn and dirty; he was inadequate, incoherent and fully disoriented, unable to explain his actions or the purpose of walking into the LPR territory.”

“The detainee was handed over to medics as his condition visibly worsened. An examination found high blood pressure, rapid heartbeat and heavy intoxication. His condition sharply deteriorated during the examination and the man died of cardiac failure despite resuscitation efforts,” he said.

“To identity the detainee, the LPR used the coordination mechanism to send an enquiry which described the man’s appearance and showed the bank card found on him.

“It was only on December 16 that we received the answer (sent to the LPR Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination) that 14th Separate Brigade serviceman Nikolay Tarasyuk matched the description. Today, the serviceman’s body was passed to Ukraine,” Leschenko said.

Until the placement of enquiry, neither the Operation and Tactical Group “North” command nor the 14th Brigade command had taken any action to look for the serviceman.

“This fact clearly shows that prolonged absence from Ukrainian army positions is widespread in the Ukrainian army,“ he said. “According to our sources, the man was sent to frontline as a member of the technical support platoon to carry out engineer works to organise new positions.”

The LPR People’s Militia chief of staff said that the 14th Brigade command bore full responsibility for the death of the serviceman as well as for the negligence and indifference which resulted in the loss of control over subordinates and alcohol and drug abuse at firing positions.

“We again urge Ukrainian residents not to yield to the false calls by the military and political leadership to join the Ukrainian army for taking part in the punitive operation against the Donbass people,” Leschenko said. “Our special message is for the women: do not send your sons, husbands and fathers to sure death.”

The Ukrainian army command does not care for the life and health of their servicemen and for the fact that “thousands of families have lost their breadwinners in the fratricidal war; they got coffins back at best, and often get notifications that their relative is a deserter and that his whereabouts have not been ascertained.”

LPR People's Militia repeatedly noted Kiev forces’ worsening morale with continuing looting and drunken rows between themselves. There were more cases of bullying which provoked desertion and suicides among Ukrainian army servicemen.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The document provides for ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line.

LuganskMediaCentre — 17 December — Lugansk