13 March 2018, 15:53


LPR People’s Militia denies OSCE report on weapons missing from storage sites

LUGANSK, March 13 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The LPR People’s Militia has denied reports by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine alleging violations of withdrawn weapons storage rules, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko said at a Lugansk Media Centre press briefing on Tuesday.

“We are concerned the OSCE SMM principles of operation in the LPR territory,” Marochko said. “The OSCE mission’s daily report today notes that six MLRS (BM-21), five towed howitzers (D-30 Lyagushka, 122mm) a towed howitzer (2A65 Msta-B, 152mm) and three self-propelled howitzers (2S1) are missing from their storage sites.”

“I reiterate that this information is not consistent with the facts. The designated weapons and military equipment are not on the list of the weapons stored at the site which was visited by OSCE monitors,” the spokesman said.

“I ask the mission’s leadership to pay attention to this fact and be more vigilant during future checks of weapons withdrawal lines. For our part, we’re ready to provide assistance to OSCE representatives in verification of the lists of withdrawn weapons and equipment submitted in accordance with the Minsk Agreements,” Marochko said.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 13 March — Lugansk