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20 April 2018, 18:54

MILITARY&DEFENCE

SMM leaves Stanitsa Luganskaya area due to Kiev's shelling

LUGANSK, April 20 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The OSCE SMM was forces to leave the Stanitsa Luganskaya checkpoint area due to attacks launched by Kiev forces, said LPR representative of the Republic's mission to the JCCC.

"Today, on April 20, Ukrainian armed forces opened small arms fire (50-plus shots) on the Stanitsa Luganskaya checkpoint area and LPR People's Militia positions at the vicinity of the monument to Prince Igor at 12:05 p.m. and 1.50 p.m.  This violation of the ceasefire has been registered by the OSCE SMM monitors who were present in the area and had to leave it for security reasons."

Currently there is only one official checkpoint at the line of contact in LPR area of responsibility in Donbass and it is accessible via the bridge in vicinity of Stanitsa Luganskaya. Only pedestrian traffic here is possible thanks to temporary conduit, as the bridge was blown up by Ukrainian forces in early 2015. LPR has been continuously proposing to rebuild it.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 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 April — Lugansk