5 June 2017, 14:26


LPR People's Militia repulses attack by Ukrainian squad

LUGANSK, June 5 (Lugansk Media Center) - LPR People's Militia has repulsed an attack by Ukrainian reconnaissance and sabotage squad, said LPR People's Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko.

"Ukrainian armed forces continue reconnaissance and sabotage activity along the line of contact. One of such raids ended up tragically outside Kalinovka."

"Unprofessional and ill-considered actions led to 10 enemy soldiers approaching our positions; People's Militia reacted immediately and suppressed the squad with retaliatory fire. "

"Enemy's losses amounted to two killed and six injured, who were left on the battlefield. The unit's command tried to conceal this episode from its command."

"We call the 'ATO' command to show good will, to stick to international humanitarian norms, and to permit volunteers to take away the bodies and pass them to their families."

The Contact Group participants at the meeting in Minsk on 29 March adopted a statement on comprehensive ceasefire in Donbass from 1 April ahead of Easter holidays. However, Kiev forces only held fire for about an hour.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with heavy artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

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 — 05 June — Lugansk