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5 March 2019, 16:51

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OSCE corrects inaccuracy in report after LPR militia’s criticism

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LUGANSK, March 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has corrected an inaccuracy in its report after it was pointed out by Lugansk People’s Republic representatives, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said.

The OSCE Mission’s report dated February 28, 2019, said that it recorded more than 20 multiple launch rocket systems Grad west of Lugansk. Marochko said that the information was not consistent with the reality and that the designated hardware had never been in that area.

He urged the OSCE Mission leaders to look into the matter and issue a denial “as such oversights in an official document are inadmissible and cause a public and political outcry.”

The OSCE Mission corrected the error in its report dated March 1, 2019, noting that the MLRS were deployed outside Krasniy Luch which, as Marochko earlier stated, was not a violation of the Minsk Agreements.

“The OSCE SMM acknowledged its grave mistake when writing a report,” he said. “We hope that those responsible were punished and that the official document will contain no such mistakes in the future.”

Earlier the spokesman said that deploying hardware at LPR firing ranges did not violate 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 — 05 March — Lugansk