22 August 2017, 16:56



OSCE records Ukrainian forces’ strikes at LPR in Stanitsa area - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, August 22 (Lugansk Media Center) – OSCE Special Monitoring Mission observers at the forward patrol base in Stanitsa Luganskaya recorded strikes at the Republic’s territory by Ukrainian army units, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.

On 19 August, OSCE SMM resumed round-the-clock monitoring from its forward base in Stanitsa Luganskaya area where Kiev had failed more than 70 attempts to carry out disengagement of forces and hardware envisioned by the Minsk Agreements.

“It is premature to talk about any trends; the next day, Ukrainian forces shelled Krasniy Yar with a 120mm mortar which OSCE did not mention in its daily report. “It only reported the facts of destruction,” the spokesman said.

“Nevertheless, there appeared information on the origin of strikes at disengagement area No 1 (by Stanitsa Luganskaya - eds Lugansk Media Centre). The report clearly states that fire was delivered from Ukrainian positions,” he said.

Earlier, Marochko expressed the hope that the OSCE forward base in Stanitsa Luganskaya would not allow Ukrainian army to falsify reports on shelling in the area. 

He also said that the opening of the OSCE forward base in Popasnaya contributed to unbiased information in OSCE SMM reports on strikes by Ukrainian forces.

On 16 January 2016, OSCE SMM opened its forward base in Stanitsa Luganskaya, but suspended its operation in March 2016 due to security threat. OSCE has forward patrol bases in Stakhanov, Debaltsevo, Gorlovka and some other locations.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk on 21 September 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE.

The document provides for three disengagement areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). Heads of LPR and DPR Igor Plotnitskiy and Alexander Zakharchenko signed the agreement on 22 and 23 September, respectively. The disengagement was completed in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye areas. Kiev failed to pull back its forces in Stanitsa Luganskaya area for more than 70 times.

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 — 22 August — Lugansk