19 June 2018, 14:30


Ukrainian forces conducting aerial reconnaissance along contact line - People’s Militia

LUGANSK, June 19 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces are employing unmanned aerial vehicles to conduct reconnaissance along the contact line near Schastye in violation of the Minsk Agreements, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.

“Despite a decrease in the number of strikes, Ukrainian forces keep reconnoitring with UAVs, which is prohibited by the Minsk Agreements,” Marochko said.

“An UAV was detected reconnoitring along the contact line in the Schastye settlement area in the responsibility zone of the Ukrainian army’s 80th brigade,” he said.

“We believe that the Ukrainian army command plans to deliver criminal provocative artillery and mortar strikes on this axis,” the spokesman said.

Earlier, LPR People’s Militia acting chief Mikhail Filiponenko said that the Republic’s air defence units shot down more than ten Ukrainian army UAVs last year.

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 — 19 June — Lugansk