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30 May 2019, 14:26

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Three Ukrainian saboteurs killed in LPR breakthrough attempt - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, May 30 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Three Ukrainain servicemen were killed and another four were wounded in a saboteur group’s attempt to penetrate into the Lugansk People’s Republic territory, LPR People’s Militia press service chief Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

Earlier, Osadchiy said that a Ukrainian serviceman had died of blood loss in an LPR breakthrough attempt.

The command of the so-called “joint forces operation” (JFO) has not taken any measures to evacuate the body and has been hiding the information about the serviceman’s death, he noted adding that the Ukrainian army leadership only admitted the casualty after it was reported by the LPR People’s Militia.

“54th Brigade commander (Col Alexey Maistrenko)’s losses in this incursion amounted to three dead and four wounded. Toadying to newly appointed JFO chief (Gen Alexander) Syrsky, Maistrenko adopted the tactic of his colleague from 53rd Brigade (Col Alexander) Gruzevich, sending his subordinates on a fatal mission in deliberate violation of the new president’s complete ceasefire order,” the press service head said.

“We express the hope that 54th Brigade officers, from the Brigade commander to the battalion commander, in which the dead and the wounded soldiers served, will be held criminally liable and that daily casualties will be stopped by the president and monitored by justice bodies,” Osadchiy said.

Earlier, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said that three Ukrainian engineers had been killed during mine planting the so-called “joint forces operation” zone and that another two had been wounded due to poor training and lack of necessary equipment.

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 — 30 May — Lugansk