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18 February 2020, 12:05

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Ukrainian commandos suffer casualties in Golubovskoye breakthrough attempt - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, February 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) - A Ukrainian commando team hit a minefield as it attempted to approach the Lugansk People’s Republic militia positions in the Golubovskoye area, the LPR People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said.

On Tuesday, Ukrainian armed formations made another attempt to destabilise the situation along the contact line. “Early in the morning, at around 06:00, an enemy reconnaissance and sabotage  group of ten people advanced towards the positions of our defenders in the Golubovskoye area,” Osadchiy said. Our observers detected enemy movement in time and then kept on monitoring their actions.”

As the group approached our positions, it wandered into a minefield; at least two gunmen were killed and another three were wounded, the spokesman said.

Earlier on Tuesday, the Lugansk People’s Republic Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) reported that civil infrastructure facilities in the town of Kirovsk and the Donetskiy settlement had sustained multiple damage in shelling by Ukrainian forces.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 18 February — Lugansk