23 December 2016, 21:52



Ukrainian armed forces plan to use T-72B tanks on Debaltsevo axis

Ukrainian armed forces plan to use T-72B tanks on Debaltsevo axis, said LPR People's Militia spokesman Major Andrey Marochko.

A heavy fighting erupted on December 18 in vicinity of Debaltsevo as Ukrainian armed forces attacked LPR positions in Debaltsevo area. As of December 21, Ukrainian casualties amounted to 40 killed and 50 wounded. Four LPR militiamen died and five were injured. The situation in the area remains tense.

"Reliable sources in the so-called "ATO" HQ tell us that Ukraine's authorities plan to use T-72B tanks on Debaltsevo axis that were deployed to 3rd tank battalion of 54th brigade," Marochko said.

"Probably they are using 'silence regime' to prepare a foothold for a large-scale offensive."

"It happens at a time when the ceasefire was agreed at Mink talks starting from midnight December 24."

The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26th agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces almost daily.

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 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.


LuganskMediaCentre — 23 December — Lugansk