5 February 2018, 15:26


Ukrainian command orders to conceal positions in ‘antiterrorist operation’ zone - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, February 5 (Lugansk Media Centre) - A Ukrainian army unit command ordered the personnel to conceal the positions in the vicinity of the contact line that can reveal the presence of prohibited weapons and equipment, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Lieutenant-Colonel Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre on Monday.

The situation in LPR People’s Militia responsibility zone shows a tendency towards stabilizing; no strikes by Kiev forces have been recorded over the past 24 hours, Marochko said.

“Despite relative calm, Ukrainian Command continues to deploy military equipment along the contact line in violation of the Minsk agreements, and uses the ceasefire to build up its units’ potential in the zone of so-called “anti-terrorist operation, “ he said.

“Two  self-propelled howitzers (Gvozdika, 122mm) of Ukrainian army 58th separate motorised infantry brigade were spotted in Kazyonnoye area north of Orekhovo settlement,” the spokesman said.

On top of that, three infantry fighting vehicles BMP-1 with two truckloads of ammunition and materiel arrived in Krymskoye settlement area.

“To prevent the detection of weapons and military equipment banned by the Minsk Agreements at firing positions next to the contact line, Ukrainian army 58th brigade commander Colonel Drapatiy ordered the units under his control to step up the concealment of their positions,” Marochko said.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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