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25 October 2016, 14:16

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Ukrainian forces fire at civilians crossing river where contact line is mapped

Kiev forces fired at civilians who were trying to cross the Severskiy Donets in vicinity of  Slavyanoserbsk, wounding a man, an LPR People's Militia spokesmen said.

"On October, 18th  at 7.20 a.m. Ukrainian forces opened unwarned small arms fire on a ferry in Slavyanoserbsk area, while civilians were trying to cross the line of contact in boats," LPR People's Militia representative Andrey Marochko said.

"Two civilian cars were damaged on the LPR side of the river, one local man was wounded."

Ukrainian armed forces and fighters of nationalistic squadrons routinely fire at people who try to cross the river via non-authorized ferries. The locals of frontline areas often resort to such improvised crossings as the only official check point in Lugansk region is situated in Stanitsa Luganskaya (north of Lugansk) and it is accessible via the bridge. All pedestrians including elderly and physically impaired ones have to climb steep wooden ladder to get to a temporary bridge built over an old one, blown up by Ukrainian forces almost two years ago.

The similar incident was reported on October, 11th, when a conflict between Ukrainian servicemen and civilians who were trying to cross the line of contact in Slavyanoserbsk area resulted in four cars damaged.

The members of the Contact Group on the implementation of the peace plan in the East of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on August, 26th agreed on complete ceasefire in Donbass effective from midnight April, 30. Since the autumn of 2014 it is the 9th attempt to set up a durable 'silence regime'. Вut due to systematic ceasefire violations by Ukrainian forces, that shelled the Republics territories with artillery, mortars and tanks that were to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements, LPR and DPR urged a strict implementation of comprehensive ceasefire effective from September, 15. Kiev promised to observe the truce, though LPR People's Militia records violations by Kiev forces almost daily.

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 — 25 October — Lugansk