20 September 2019, 14:21


OSCE SMM reports 40 pieces of Ukrainian army hardware missing from storage sites - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, September 20 (Lugansk Media Centre) - OSCE Special Monitoring Mission observers reported that 40 pieces of Ukrainian army hardware were missing from storage and withdrawal sites, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“OSCE SMM personnel noted that 40 self-propelled howitzers 2S3 Akatsia, and 2S1 Gvozdika, as well as towed howitzers D-30 were missing from storage and withdrawal areas of the Kiev-controlled part of the Lugansk region,” Filiponenko said.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 20 September — Lugansk