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5 February 2019, 14:58

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Ukraine’s video of strike at LPR shows contempt for Minsk Agreements - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, February 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) -  Kiev forces’ posting a video of strikes at the Lugansk People’s Republic shows their contempt for the Minsk accords, LPR People’s Militia’s spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

 “Snubbing the accords on withdrawing heavy armaments from the contact line, 54th Brigade units shelled the crossroads in the southern part of the disengagement zone in the Zolotoye area used by residents of Permomaisk, Molodyozhnoye and Zolotoye to move between the settlements,” Marochko said.

“Ukrainian army units, acting with impunity, do not even try to conceal the fact of the mean strike in insolent publication of the video of their crime taken by an unmanned aerial vehicle. This is another demonstration of their open disregard for the Minsk commitments,” he said.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine confirmed the fact of shelling in its report and the calibre of the weapons used by Kiev forces.

It was ascertained that the strike was delivered from Zarechnya Street in Zolotoye-4. Exposing civilians to mortal danger, Ukrainian forces deploy their armaments at organised positions in residential districts in gross violation of international humanitarian law, Marochko added.

Earlier, a strike at Zolotoye-5 by Kiev forces damaged two houses, a school and a kindergarten.

“We urge the Minsk Agreements guarantor countries representing the European Union, and international human rights organisations to put pressure on Kiev and Ukraine’s military and political leadership in order to stop the Donbass people genocide,” he said.

The spokesman also said that Kiev forces had stepped up reconnaissance using unmanned aerial vehicles in the vicinity of Schastye, Tryokhizbenka and Zolotoye.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 05 February — Lugansk