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17 April 2018, 13:50

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OSCE says its report which Kiev used to shell Lugansk was standard

LUGANSK, April 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine believes that its observers’ report which the LPR People's Militia said had been used by Kiev forces to shell Lugansk, was “usual,” Deputy head of the OSCE SMM patrol Arne Dalhaug said as he inspected the damage.

Overnight to Tuesday, Ukrainian army units delivered an artillery strike on Lugansk district where preparations for the V-Day parade was ongoing. The strike damaged a World War II tank which was to appear on the Victory Day parade on May 9, and another four pieces of LPR military equipment.

LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko said that Kiev forces had used OSCE Special Monitoring Mission data to shell Lugansk at night. He asked OSCE monitors if they had noted in their report that the targeted equipment had been retrieved from storage sites with no allowance of ammunition and that it was strictly intended for the parade.

"That was a normal report of the presence of heavy weapons systems inside withdrawal line. We posted pictures of observations and now established the facts on the ground and will post accordingly on our website," said the Deputy team leader of the SMM patrol Arne Dalhaug. "We are establishing facts, taking photos, getting ready the report."

When asked about the possibility that Kiev forces used data from an SMM report to shell Lugansk, Dalhaug replied that it "obviously would be just speculations" on his side. "I have no access to information to confirm or not confirm."

"In our report that was posted on the website, it was a normal report, there was nothing particular in that report," Deputy team leader confirmed.

Earlier, the LPR People’s Militia said Kiev forces had shelled Lugansk to foil the May 9 parade.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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

LuganskMediaCentre — 17 April — Lugansk