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14 December 2017, 14:35

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OSCE records shelling of Pervomaisk, Stakhanov by Kiev forces - LPR People’s Militia

LUGANSK, December 14 (Lugansk Media Centre) - An OSCE Special Monitoring Mission patrol in Kiev-controlled Popasnaya witnessed Ukrainian artillery delivering strikes at Pervomaisk and Stakhanov, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.

“The Mission’s report said that ‘On 13 December at 00:05, while at its forward patrol base on the northern edge of government-controlled Popasna (69km west of Luhansk), the SMM heard ten explosions assessed as outgoing artillery fire 200-500m west to west-north-west, and smelt propellant,’“ Marochko said.

An OSCE monitoring officer later saw “three muzzle flashes.”

“The OSCE SMM report published on Thursday said that artillery fire was delivered at a distance of less that 500 metres from the SMM forward patrol base in Popasnaya in the direction of Pervomaisk and Stakhanov. These actions by the Ukrainian side endangered not only OSCE SMM staff who actually founded themselves on the line of fire, but also offered incontrovertible proof of Ukraine’s shooting at LPR civilians,” Marochko said.

“Ukrainian forces’ actions emphatically show the Ukrainian military and political leadership’s unwillingness to fulfil the Minsk Agreements,” he added.

Kiev forces shelled LPR People’s Militia positions 12 times on 13 December using large-calibre cannon artillery and mortars. Two civilians in Pervomaisk were wounded by shelling; in Stakhanov, the shelling damaged houses, transmission lines and a gas pipe.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than ten times since autumn 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 12 February 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 — 14 December — Lugansk