LUGANSK, February 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Three Ukrainian servicemen deserted their army unit in an armoured personnel carrier in the zone of the so-called “anti-terrorist operation (ATO),” LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Andrey Marochko said on Thursday.
“Ukrainian army morale is continuing to worsen as the latest desertion incident shows,” Marochko said.
“We observe a low level of service organisation and a lack of sufficient interaction between units and proper control on the part of senior officers at Ukrainian army units. In the 6 February desertion incident at 109th battalion of 10th separate mountain assault brigade, three servicemen commandeered an APC and left their unit without permission. Army police are now looking for the runaways and the equipment,” the spokesman said.
Earlier, Marochko said Ukrainian army police planned to launch an extensive search for army deserters in March following an increase in their numbers in the so-called “ATO” zone.
LPR People's Militia repeatedly noted Kiev forces’ worsening morale with continuing looting and drunken rows. There were more cases of bullying which provoked desertion and suicides among Ukrainian army servicemen.
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.