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6 September 2019, 14:12

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Ukrainian forces shell LPR 16 times over week - People’s Militia

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LUGANSK, September 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces violated the ceasefire 16 times over the past week, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Over the past week, Ukrainian armed formations violated the ceasefire 16 times,” Osadchiy said. “The enemy used 120mm and 82mm mortars, grenade launchers, infantry fighting vehicle cannons and high calibre and small arms.

The Lozovoye, Nizhneye Lozovoye, Logvinovo and Kalinovka villages were shelled at the order of 30th Separate Mechanised Brigade commander Col Ivan Garaz.

Strikes were delivered at Pervomaisk, Zolotoye-5 and the Kalinov township at the order of 72nd Separate Mechanised Brigade commander Col Artyom Bogomolov.

14th Separate Mechanised Brigade Commander Col Sergey Voichenko ordered to fire at the Golubovskoye township and the Prishib village.

A food store at 4 Mira Street was damaged and two houses burnt down at 71 and 73 Gogol Street as Kiev forces shelled Zolotoye-5, the spokesman said.

“The facts of strikes at the settlements were recorded; the materials were passed to representatives of international organisations in the Republic and the LPR Prosecutor General’s Office which will open criminal proceedings against the commanders of the Ukrainian army 72nd, 14th and 30th Brigades,”  he added.

The Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on July 17 agreed the “summer ceasefire” in Donbass starting at 00:01 on July 21, as well as ceasefire control measures such as a ban on opening fire with any weapons, and launching offensives and reconnaissance and sabotage operations. The ceasefire accord also bans the deployment of heavy armaments in residential areas.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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