6 August 2020, 14:57



Ukrainian forces jam OSCE drones to conceal hardware near Popasnaya - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, August 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev army used radio electronic warfare systems to jam unmanned aerial vehicles of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission with the view of concealing the deployment of hardware and ceasefire violations in the Popasnaya area, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing in the Lugansk Media Centre.

“A mobile group from 20th Radioelectronic Warfare Battalion in the responsibility zone of the Ukrainian army’s 30th Brigade in the Popasnaya settlement area jammed Special Monitoring Mission drones to conceal the deployment of hardware and ceasefire violations from the OSCE,” Osadchiy said.

Earlier, the LPR militia repeatedly reported Kiev forces’ using jamming equipment to hamper OSCE SMM monitors’ activity in the so-called “Joint Forces Operation” zone.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 06 August — Lugansk