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21 May 2020, 16:58

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Part of LPR medical centres on standby as conflict with Kiev escalates

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LUGANSK, May 21 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Lugansk People’s Republic Healthcare Ministry ordered part of medical centres to be on standby due to mounting tensions on the contact line with Kiev, LPR Healthcare Minister Natalia Paschenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

Earlier, LPR Head Leonid Pasechnik ordered the People’s Militia to go on full combat alert because of the escalation. At present, LPR militia units are having joint training.

“Due to LPR leader Leonid Pasechnik’s high alert order for People’s Militia, the Healthcare Ministry has prepared the hospitals located on the shortest routes for massive inflow of wounded civilians and militiamen,” Paschenko said.

It bolstered staffing of IT units and ambulances by tapping the mobilisation reserve and recalling vacationing personnel. Ninety 90 ambulances will include 2 percent of specialised teams, 18 percent of physician teams and 60 percent of paramedic teams, she said.

This taskforce provides for uninterrupted medical support of the wounded and their delivery to hospitals depending on case severity level.

“IT wards staffing was bolstered at the hospitals in immediate proximity to the contact line, to ensure quick medical assistance,” she noted.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 21 May — Lugansk