27 November 2018, 14:31


LPR People’s Militia downs Ukrainian reconnaissance drone in Sokolniki area

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LUGANSK, November 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic militia shot down a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a fire-adjusting mission in the Sokolniki area, LPR People’s Militia press service director Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

Osadchiy said that Ukrainian forces had stepped up reconnaissance along the contact line in Donbass over the past two days using UAVs in violation of the Minsk Agreements.

“Yesterday, a Phantom drone on a fire adjusting mission was shot down in the Sokolniki village area,” he said adding that the incident showed the Ukrainian political and leadership’s reluctance to resolve the Donbass conflict peacefully.

Earlier LPR People’s militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said that militia air defence units had downed another Ukrainian reconnaissance drone in the Republic’s territory. Previously, LPR militiamen downed a Ukrainian Valkyria drone over Mikhailovka.

LPR People’s Militia acting chief Mikhail Filiponenko said that the Republic’s air defence units had destroyed a Ukrainian attack drone. In 2017, they shot down more than ten Ukrainian army UAVs.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 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 — 27 November — Lugansk