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9 February 2021, 14:59

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OSCE patrol fails to arrive in Zolotoye-5 after Kiev's attack on school - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, February 9 (Lugansk Media Centre) - OSCE Special Monitoring Mission representatives have not arrived in Zolotoye-5 to record the aftermath of a local school shelling by Kiev forces, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing.

Earlier, the LPR Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) said that overnight to February 8, Kiev forces shelled a school in Zolotoye-5 damaging the building.

LPR officers at the JCCC passed a letter to OSCE SMM personnel requesting them to record the fact of the strike at the social infrastructure facility,” Osadchiy said. “Regrettably, international observers were not interested in this war crime and an OSCE patrol never visited the scene.”

The LPR militia spokesman urged “representatives of international organisations and the international community not to ignore the glaring facts of strikes at social infrastructure facilities and demand from Ukraine a thorough probe into the each fact, with the presentation of results and punishment of culprits.”

The Contact Group agreed the tighter ceasefire control measures in Donbass starting at 00:01, July 27. The measures ban special operations, use of unmanned aerial vehicles and deployment of heavy armaments in and around residential areas Return fire is allowed in case of offensive, if the order is given by the leadership of Ukrainian forces or DPR and LPR People’s Militias after the unsuccessful attempt to use the coordination mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified about such orders.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 09 February — Lugansk