4 July 2017, 15:12


Ukrainian army reduces intensity of shelling after “harvest ceasefire” decalred

Kiev forces reduced the intensity of shelling of LPR territory after the beginning of so-called “harvest ceasefire,” LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.

At the meeting in Minsk on 21 June, the Contact Group participants agreed a comprehensive ceasefire in the period through 24 June to 31 August. The cessation of hostilities during the harvesting period was dubbed “harvest ceasefire.”

“The ceasefire only lasted half an hour and was violated by Ukraine in Stanitsa Luganskaya,” Marochko said.

“Of course, the ceasefire is not observed, but the number of provocations and shelling incidents from Ukrainian side has decreased considerably, suggesting that the enemy might start fulfilling his commitments,” he said.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than ten times since autumn 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 12 February 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 — 04 July — Lugansk