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23 October 2018, 14:08

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OSCE confirms death of Zolotoye residents in Ukrainian territory

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LUGANSK, October 23 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has confirmed the death of two civilians in Kiev-controlled territory in the Zolotoye-4 area, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.

Two civilians, a man and a woman, were killed in the explosion of anti-peronnel mines in the 2nd Volnaya Street in Kiev-controlled Zolotoye-4 on October 18. The tragedy occurred after the local residents, having failed to secure the assistance or understanding of Kiev forces, tried to fix the line feeding electricity to their homes.

Later on, Konstantin Ilchenko, head of the so-called “military-civilian administration of Zolotoye, Popasnaya district, said that the man and the woman had died in the LPR-controlled territory and that the LPR militia did not let the relatives of Ukrainian authorities retrieve the bodies. In the morning of October 23, Marochko said that the LPR People’s Militia, due to Ukraine’s inaction, would try to evacuate the bodies of the civilians.

“Using terrorist methods to wage the Donbass war, Kiev has completely discredited itself. A striking example of inhuman attitude toward civilians is the refusal to evacuate the bodies of the man and the woman who died in the Zolotoye-4 settlement back on October 18,” Marochko said.

“For five days, the mendacious Ukrainian media have been trying to convince everybody that the tragedy occurred in the LPR and blame us for not carrying out the evacuation,” he added. 

The spokesman said that the information published in a OSCE reports suggested the opposite.

“According to the monitors’ report, the victims’ bodies were detected by an OSCE unmanned aerial vehicle 130 metres east of the closest Ukrainian army position and approximately 500 metres west of the closest People’s Militia position,” Marochko said.

“This fact is another proof that Ukraine has long ceased to exist as a law-governed state,” the spokesman said.

Earlier, the LPR Mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination asked OSCE SMM and ICRC representatives to provide assistance in the soonest evacuation of the bodies of the civilians who died in Zolotoyev-4 on October 18, 2018.

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 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 — 23 October — Lugansk