LUGANSK, February 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia warns the Ukrainian military and political leadership against ill-considered moves to use heavy artillery in the zone of the so-called “Joint Forces Operation,” LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.
The “JFO” headquarters press centre reported that gunners of a Ukrainian army brigade had drilled setting up and targeting of large calibre 2A36 Giatsint pieces.
“Such exercise in the military operation zone does not contribute to a peaceful conflict settlement,” Marochko said.
“We have information on how it is going, and we’d like to warn the Ukrainian military and political leadership against rash actions because we have means to respond to possible aggression, which inevitably will cause heavy losses of Ukrainian troops,” he said.
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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.