8 February 2019, 18:55



LPR to show Minsk negotiators evidence of Ukraine’s attack on ICRC truck

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LUGANSK, February 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic representatives at the next meeting in Minsk will show evidence of Ukraine’s attack on the International Committee of the Red Cross truck as it was delivering coal to LPR frontline areas, LPR People’s Militia acting chief Mikhail Filiponenko said at a news briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

Earlier, the LPR officers at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination said that Kiev forces had fired a Stugna-P anti-tank missile at an ICRC truck delivering coal to residents of frontline villages, despite the fact that these runs had been agreed between the parties.

“The LPR representatives at the JCCC carefully investigated the incident and collected guided missile fragments,” Filiponenko said.

“This evidence, together with the video posted by Ukrainian media will be presented at the next meeting in Minsk for assessment of Kiev’s actions by international rights organisations. Later on, the hard facts will be passed to the LPR Prosecutor General’s Office for instituting criminal proceedings,” he said.

The international organisations operating in the LPR will be informed about this crime, Filiponenko added.

On February 7, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko said that Kiev forces had deliberately fired on the truck delivering coal to the Republic’s frontline districts.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 08 February — Lugansk