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11 April 2019, 14:46

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Ukraine runs daily air defence drills in zone monitored by OSCE drones - militia

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LUGANSK, April 11 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian air defence units armed with Strela-10 systems hold daily drills in the zone monitored by OSCE unmanned aerial vehicles, the Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The Ukrainian side continues to show aggressive intentions towards People’s Republics residents and international monitoring organisations present in Donbass,” Marochko said. “Daily drills of Strela-10 air defence crews including seek and destroy practice are held at the order of joint forces commander (Lt-Gen Sergey) Nayev.”

“Our sources repeatedly noted that Ukrainian air defence units actually targeted OSCE drones on monitoring missions in the areas where Ukraine massed the hardware prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. In this connection, we expect new incidents involving OSCE Monitoring Mission drones,” he said.

“Ukrainian terrorists will routinely blame LPR militia,” Marochko added.

Earlier, he said that commander of the so-called “joint forces operation” Lt-Gen Sergey Nayev was trying to conceal the fact of Kiev forces’ downing an OSCE Monitoring Mission UAV.

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 — 11 April — Lugansk