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4 June 2019, 21:39

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SBU agents arrive in 'joint forces operation' zone over Ukrainian servicemen’s arms trafficking - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, June 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine's Security Service military counterintelligence officers arrived in the zone of the so-called “joint forces operation” to stop arms trafficking, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

Filiponenko earlier said that Ukrainian servicemen in the so-called “joint forces operation” zone had sold a box of ammunition rounds and a box of grenades to LPR militiamen. 

“The report on the arms deal at the Ukrainian army’s 25th Brigade provoked an immediate response of senior staff,” he said.

“According to our intelligence, after the statement and posting of the video of the arms deal involving Ukrainian servicemen, SBU military counterintelligence agents arrived in the responsibility zone of 10th Mountain Assault Brigade, with the view of stopping arms trafficking,” the officer said.

LPR People’s Militia press service chief Yakov Osadchiy earlier reported that a Ukrainian serviceman had set up a cache on the premises of his house in Starobelsk to store weapons and ammunition stolen from his unit for subsequent sale.

LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said that Ukrainian army command had exposed theft of weapons in two brigades deployed in the “joint forces operation” zone.

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 — 04 June — Lugansk