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4 June 2019, 21:37

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Ukraine deploys IFVs, artillery pieces, anti-tank systems near dwelling houses - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, June 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces deployed armoured vehicles, anti-tank guns (MT-12, Rapira) and anti-tank missile systems near dwelling houses in the vicinity of the contact line, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

The Ukrainian army command continues to build up forces and hardware along the contact line, Filiponenko said.

“In the Alexandrovka settlement, the deployment of two BMP-1 and three anti-tank guns MT-12 Rapira, 100mm was recorded, and in Smolyaninovo, two anti-tank systems were deployed. Ukrainian criminals, hiding behind the civilians, put their lives in mortal danger,” he said.

Filiponenko also said that the Ukrainian army’s 10th Brigade servicemen might use the equipment to shell LPR residential areas.

“We urge residents of Ukraine-held Donbass areas to take all measures towards preventing the deployment of Ukrainian army weapons and military equipment near dwelling houses and civil infrastructure facilities and report all facts of violations or their rights and freedoms to representatives of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine,” the press service office said.

Earlier, Filiponenko said that two LPR residents had been wounded in shelling by Ukrainian forces over the past six days.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 04 June — Lugansk