20 February 2020, 15:20


OSCE lost two drones as Ukraine was preparing provocation - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, February 20 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine lost two unmanned aerial vehicles as Ukrainian forces were preparing a provocation in the Golubovskoye settlement area, Lugansk People's Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

Earlier, the LPR militia said that a Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group had hit a minefield as it attempted to approach LPR militiamen’s positions in the Golubovskoye area. At least two Ukrainian servicemen were killed and another three were wounded. Kiev forces delivered a massive strike at LPR settlements in order to evacuate the killed and wounded commandoes.

“To provide cover to the commandos, Ukrainian army 72nd Brigade (commander Colonel Artyom) Bogomolov ordered to deploy a Bukovel-AD jamming station in the Novotoshkovskoye settlement,” Filiponenko said.

“OSCE SMM personnel in the area also noted the operation of the jamming station in the period when the Ukrainian sabotage and reconnaissance group attempted its bloody mission. As a result of jamming, the OSCE monitors lost two drones,” he said.

The OSCE SMM drones were taken to the Brigade Headquarters; General Staff commission members, the Command of the so-called “Joint Forces Operation, "and Chief of the General Staff Ruslan Khomchak in person are examining the data from the drones' flash drives.

On February 20, LPR representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination and Lugansk Region Afghan Veterans Union activists handed over to Ukraine the body of Ukrainian serviceman Maxim Khitailov who was killed during Kiev commandos’ attempt to approach LPR militia positions in the Golubovskoye settlement area on February 18, and the remains of a Ukrainian serviceman killed during the 2014 Lugansk Airport fighting.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 20 February — Lugansk