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20 December 2016, 20:26

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OSCE takes no effective action to compel Kiev to peace – LPR People’s Militia

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) representatives are not taking effective measures to compel the Ukrainian leadership to peace, LPR People’s Militia Command chief Colonel Oleg Anaschenko told Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.

"Contrary to the memorandum and common sense, international observers from the OSCE mission have not been taking effective measures to compel the Ukrainian government to fulfil the Minsk agreements," Anaschenko said.

"Our hearts are stricken with grief for the irretrievable loss of the LPR militiamen who fell in battle for freedom from yellow-blue and red-black Ukrainian fascism," he said.

The fighting in Kalinovka area that began on 18 December left two LPR militiamen dead and three wounded.

"We hope for political dialogue and are ready for upfront talks with international rights organizations over lasting ceasefire," Anaschenko underlined.

 On 18 December, units of Ukrainian forces 54th brigade under artillery cover attempted to break through LPR defence on Kalinovka axis from Luganskoye township direction. The fighting left 10 Ukrainian soldiers killed, 20 wounded, 2 LPR militiamen wounded and two unaccounted for, according to LPR defence authorities.

Overnight to 19 December Ukrainian armed forces shelled Logvinovo village with heavy artillery and mortars.

On 19 December morning, Kiev forces renewed attacks along contact line in Debaltsevo area and artillery shelling of LPR People’s Militia positions in Kalinovka and Logvinovo areas.

Over the past 24 hours, Kalinovka village was targeted twice with 82mm and 120mm mortars from Luganskoye township direction, the Republic’s defence authorities said.

 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by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15.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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 20 December — Lugansk