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12 April 2018, 12:56

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LPR People’s Militia inspecting military equipment ahead of V-Day parade (PHOTOS)

LUGANSK, April 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The LPR People’s Militia has begun technical inspection of the military equipment which will be used in the V-Day parade on Lugansk’s Theatre Square on May 9.

“We’ve visited the parking site of the equipment which will be involved in the V-Day parade. I wish to dispel the myths spread by the Ukrainian media alleging our massing of equipment near Lugansk for an offensive,” LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said.

“As you see, it is not true, we only use equipment for peaceful purposes; we venerate the memory of our grandfathers and great-grandfathers who won this victory and secured a peaceful life on this land,” Marochko said. “Maintenance works are underway, you’ll see a beautiful and spectacular show in Lugansk on May 9.”

"This equipment was withdrawn from its permanent deployment area for the V-Day parade. The maintenance includes unit and filter replacement and adjustment; we also carry out necessary repairs, if needed,” missile defence battalion platoon commander Yuriy Isakov said.

Repairs teams are preparing a World War II T-34 tank for the parade, as well as an amphibian carrier produced at the Lugansk Locomotive Plant in Soviet times.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission’s April 10 report said that military equipment had been sighted in a military air field in Lugansk’s south-eastern outskirts which has to be kept at storage sites in accordance with the Minsk Agreements. Marochko said that the LPR had notified OSCE SMM representative in advance that it would retrieve military equipment to prepare it for the V-Day parade in Lugansk on May 9.

Earlier, Marochko said that the People’s Militia had begun to prepare equipment and personnel for participation in the May 9 Victory Day parade.

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 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 — 12 April — Lugansk