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18 September 2020, 13:37

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Ukrainian army violates additional ceasefire control measures three times over week - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, September 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian forces violated the Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire in Donbass three times over the past week, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Three violations of the additional ceasefire control measures have been recorded over the past week, including one fire provocation,” Osadchiy said.

On September 12, an explosion was recorded in the Novotoshkovskoye township area in the responsibility zone of the Ukrainian army’s 14th Brigade; an anti-personnel mine detonated as it was being planted, he said.

On September 13, 14th Brigade 3rd Battalion servicemen fired an AGS-17 automatic grenade launcher at the Zhelobok village expending three rounds.

On September 16, an anti-personnel mine detonated at the Ukrainian army’s 25th Brigade 2nd Battalion positions.

“All materials proving the violation of ceasefire terms by Ukrainian armed formations are timely passed to Ukrainian representatives at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination and the observers (of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission),” Osadchiy said.

The Contact Group agreed the tighter ceasefire control measures in Donbass starting at 00:01, July 27 at the July 22 videoconference. The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire include: ban on offensive or reconnaissance operations, ban on using any aerial vehicles, ban on fire, including sniper fire; ban on deployment of heavy weapons to populated areas and adjacent territories, first of all, to civilian infrastructure, including schools, kindergartens, hospitals and public premises;    effective implementation of disciplinary measures against violators of the ceasefire and notification the Contact Group Coordinator thereof, who further notifies all its participants;  establishing and employing a coordination mechanism for reacting to ceasefire violations with assistance of the JCCC with its current membership; retaliatory fire in case of an offensive is allowed only in case it is opened on the order of appropriate command of the Ukrainian armed forces or LPR, DPR People's Militia after unsuccessful attempt to employ the above mentioned mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified of such orders.

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.

Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 18 September — Lugansk