8 February 2018, 16:34


LPR to report Ukrainian army strikes at civilians to international bodies - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, February 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic will report Ukrainian army strikes at civilians to international organisations, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko said at Vergulevka township which came under fire on Wednesday.
“The Ukrainian army delivered strikes at LPR civilians with 152mm artillery banned by the Minsk Agreements, although we had stated that we knew about the upcoming provocation,” Marochko said. “Kiev forces expected People’s Militia to return fire which would have been recorded by a foreign commission led by the defence attaché of the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine staying in Svetlodarsk area at the time.”
“This didn’t happen, yet I want to assure everybody that these actions will not be forgiven. We’ll contact all international bodies insisting that they pay attention to the incident and prevent Ukraine from shelling civilians in the future,” he said.
Earlier Marochko said Ukrainian army units delivered a strike with 152mm artillery from Mironovskiy township at Vergulevka settlement in LPR territory. LPR Emergencies Ministry said that the strikes ruined a house and utility structures, killed domestic animals at one household and damaged a transmission line.
At 6:45 p.m. on 7 February, Ukrainian forces shelled Komissarovka settlement in Perevalskiy District damaging houses, utility sheds and a transformer, according to the Ministry.
The Republic’s defence authorities earlier said that Kiev forces had shelled LPR People’s Militia positions six times over the past 24 hours. Kalinovo, Nizhneye Lozovoye, Krasniy Liman and Vergulevka were targeted with 152mm artillery, 120mm and 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicle cannons and small arms.
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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 08 February — Lugansk