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26 November 2019, 15:45

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Ukraine’s SBU agents find body of officer captured by radicals - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, November 26 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Agents of the Security Service of Ukraine (SBU) found the body of the Ukrainian army officer captured by radicals to exchange for a Ukrainian Volunteer Army Lvov branch activist following his Zolotoye provocation attempt, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“We have obtained information that SBU agents found the body of 38th Antiaircraft Missile Regiment communications chief Major Chalovsky with signs of violent death and a gunshot wound to the back of the head in the Chasov Yar settlement area yesterday,” Filiponenko said.

“On November 20, Chalovsky was taken hostage by members of the No Capitulation movement. They had been demanding that the law-enforcement bodies set free Ukrainian Volunteer Army Lvov branch activist Ivanovich, who was detained in the Zolotoye settlement area on November 19,” he said.

“It is important to note that in order to prevent a conflict between nationalists and regular army servicemen, the “Joint Forces Operation” command told the victim’s relatives that he had committed suicide because of service-related problems,” the press service officer said.

Earlier, Filiponenko said that Ukrainian nationalists had urged servicemen to ignore the commanders’ orders concerning the disengagement of forces and hardware in Zolotoye.

On November 1, the LPR finished the withdrawal of the militia units on the contact line in the Zolotoye area. According to the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, Kiev also completed the pullout despite nationalistic radicals’ resistance. The LPR and Ukraine simultaneously resumed the disengagement of forces and hardware in area No 2 (Zolotoye) on October 29. Mine clearance in the area is expected to be completed by November 26.

LPR and DPR representatives at a meeting in Minsk in September 2016 initialled a framework agreement on partial pullback of forces in Donbass, that was also signed by representatives of Ukraine, Russia and OSCE. The document provides for three security areas around Zolotoye, Stanitsa Luganskaya and Petrovskoe (DPR territory). The disengagement in Petrovskoye and Zolotoye was completed in 2016; later on however, Kiev forces deployed manpower and hardware in these areas.  In Stanitsa Luganskaya, the disengagement was only completed in late June 2019 because Ukraine had sabotaged the process.

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 — 26 November — Lugansk