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17 September 2020, 11:34

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Ukrainian forces plant 39 anti-tank mines on Schastye road - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, September 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian forces planted 39 anti-tank mines on a road near the Schastye settlement, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Hiding behind the ceasefire, the enemy continues to mine the area,” Osadchiy said. “Thirty-nine anti-tank mines have been planted in three rows across a local road in the Schastye area in the responsibility zone of 25th Brigade.”

The LPR Defence Ministry also recorded three servicemen of the Ukrainian army’s 30th Brigade at former Kiev forces positions in the Zolotoye security zone area, he added.

The Contact Group agreed the tighter ceasefire control measures in Donbass starting at 00:01, July 27 at the July 22 videoconference. The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire include: ban on offensive or reconnaissance operations, ban on using any aerial vehicles, ban on fire, including sniper fire; ban on deployment of heavy weapons to populated areas and adjacent territories, first of all, to civilian infrastructure, including schools, kindergartens, hospitals and public premises;    effective implementation of disciplinary measures against violators of the ceasefire and notification the Contact Group Coordinator thereof, who further notifies all its participants;  establishing and employing a coordination mechanism for reacting to ceasefire violations with assistance of the JCCC with its current membership; retaliatory fire in case of an offensive is allowed only in case it is opened on the order of appropriate command of the Ukrainian armed forces or LPR, DPR People's Militia after unsuccessful attempt to employ the above mentioned mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified of such orders.

The LPR People’s Militia said that on July 26, the order envisioned by the additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire was communicated to the militiamen.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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

LuganskMediaCentre — 17 September — Lugansk