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30 January 2020, 18:12

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OSCE SMM records aftermath of Ukrainian army strikes at Golubovskoye

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LUGANSK, January 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic officers at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination and OSCE Special Monitoring Mission observers recorded the aftermath of the Ukrainian army strikes at the Golubovskoye settlement, the LPR Office at the JCCC reported.

“On January 29, 2020, as a result of ceasefire violations from the directions of the Novotoshkovskoye and Krymskoye settlements controlled by Ukrainian armed formations, multiple damage to civil infrastructure was recorded in the LPR settlements of Frunze, Donetskiy and Golubovskoye,” the report said.

“The recording of the aftermath of the ceasefire violation was carried out by the LPR Office at the JCCC and involved OSCE SMM observers,” the LPR Office said.

The LPR officers who inspected fragments of expended ammunition and resultant damage confirmed that Kiev forces had used 120mm mortars and BMP-2 infantry fighting vehicle cannons. Fragments of OF-843B mortar rounds were found at the scene.

“The incident shows that Kiev officials statements alleging commitment to the ceasefire are not true to the facts,” the LPR Office at the JCCC said.

The LPR militia reported that Ukrainian army units violated the ceasefire three times over the past 24 hours. One LPR militiaman was killed in the shelling; and four houses and a transmission line were damaged in the Frunze township.

LPR militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said that Kiev forces had been preparing a fake shelling in the Golubovskoye area to frame the LPR ahead of the Contact Group meeting in Minsk.

Earlier, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko urged the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to exert influence on the Ukrainian army as it intensified shelling on the Slavyanoserbsk axis.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 Resolution 2202 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 — 30 January — Lugansk