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30 January 2017, 17:14

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Ukrainian radicals blow up railway track in the grey zone between Donbass and Ukraine

Former members of Ukrainian nationalistic squadrons blew up railroad track in vicinity of Sentyanovka, in the 'grey zone', said LPR People's Militia.

The former participants of the so-called 'ATO' have been blocking the railroad connecting LPR to Ukraine for a few days to hamper the restoration of the rail traffic.

"Those who blocked cargo traffic on Sentyanovka-Shipilovo blew up the railway track in the 'grey zone' in vicinity of Sentyanovka. The exact extent of damage is not yet known, but it is highly improbable that the protesters would allow repair teams to the site," LPR People's Militia said.

The issue of railway traffic between Donbass and Ukraine has been widely discussed at the Minsk negotiations.

The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21st agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier, 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 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 — 30 January — Lugansk