LPR People’s Militia welcomes OSCE SMM intention to tell truth about shelling of LPR towns
LUGANSK, December 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) - LPR People’s Militia welcomes the intention of OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine to tell the truth about the real violators of the Minsk Agreements, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.
Kiev forces artillery shelled Stakhanov and Pervomaisk overnight to 19 December. An elderly woman died when a densely-populated Stakhanov district came under fire, and another three persons were wounded; the strikes damaged houses and broke gas pipes. A Pervomaisk resident was wounded in shelling, and houses and infrastructure facilities were damaged.
“LPR People’s Militia welcomes the intention of OSCE SMM representatives to inform the international community about the true violators of the Minsk agreements,” Marochko stated.
On 18 December evening, SMM members at the forward patrol base in northern part of Kiev-controlled Popasnaya recorded a shelling of LPR territory by Kiev forces.
Today’s report notes Kiev’s forces used MLRS BM-21 (Grad) in the vicinity of Ukraine-controlled Svetlodarsk and large-calibre artillery in Popasnaya. Fire was opened 600 metres from the OSCE forward patrol base, the spokesman said.
“The SMM personnel at the forward patrol base had to retreat to a shelter and stay there overnight from 18 to 19 December; in the morning of 19 December they left the forward patrol base and arrived at Severodonetsk,” he added.
Earlier, the LPR mission at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination asked OSCE SMM to urge Kiev to renounce escalation in the conflict zone.
Marochko said that Kiev forces had used the withdrawal of JCCC officers to shell with impunity the LPR territory.
LPR representatives at the JCCC began unassisted recording of ceasefire violations by Ukraine after Russian JCCC officers left the territory of the Donbass Republics and Ukraine on 19 December. The Russian Foreign Ministry earlier said that Moscow would withdraw its representatives from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination because of Ukraine’s interfering with their work. Ukraine, too, announced the withdraw its JCCC representatives from the conflict zone.
The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 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 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.
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