17 May 2017, 09:47


LPR serviceman injured as Kiev shells Sokolniki

An LPR serviceman has been injured in the vicinity of Sokolniki village as Kiev forces shelled the area, said LPR Defense.

"As a result of Kiev's shelling of Sokolniki a serviceman has been injured."

Overall Kiev forces shelled LPR four times overnight, using 120mm and 82mm mortars, recoilless anti-tank guns SPG, automatic grenade launchers AGS and small arms.

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forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with heavy artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 17 May — Lugansk