19 December 2016, 18:20
OSCE report confirms Kiev forces' offensive against LPR on December, 18th
OSCE SMM confirmed that Kiev forces in vicinity of Svetlodarsk launched a massive attack on LPR positions on December, 18th, the Mission said in its today's report based on information received as of 19:30, 18 December 2016.
"Over a span of six hours on 18 December (while in government-controlled Svitlodarsk), the SMM heard 700 explosions assessed as 680 outgoing artillery rounds (122mm) 5-6km and 8-10km north-west; and 20 outgoing tank rounds 3-10km south-west," the document says.
"On 18 December, the SMM was in constant contact with the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Russian Federation Armed Forces representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC) in an effort to calm the fighting. The JCCC told the SMM that they had been in contact with the forces and formations, as well as each other, and relayed that the sides were tense."
A heavy fighting erupted on December 18 in vicinity of Debaltsevo as units of 54th brigade of Ukrainian armed forces attacked LPR positions in Kalinovka village area, the fighting left 10 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 20 wounded, 2 LPR militiamen wounded and two unaccounted for.
In the night December 18-19 Ukrainian armed forces shelled Logvinovo village with heavy artillery and mortars that were taken from the storage areas, where the withdrawn heavy weapons are to be kept in accordance with Minsk Agreements.
During the day December, 19th, Ukrainian military continued massive shelling of the area and fighting spread out all along the contact line in Debaltsevo zone.
The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26th agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces almost daily.
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 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.
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