14 March 2019, 14:48


Ukrainian serviceman confirms Kiev’s provocative strikes - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, March 14 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The Ukrainian army 54th Brigade serviceman Sergey Magdenko who defected to the Lugansk People’s Republic confirmed that Kiev forces carried out provocations at the contact line, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Magdenko confirmed the facts of purposeful strikes delivered by Ukrainian gunmen in order to provoke retaliation and accuse us of violating the ceasefire,” Marochko said.

Earlier, LPR People’s Militia acting chief Col Mikhail Filiponenko said that Ukrainian President Petr Poroshenko used nationalistic squads to stage provocations and mount tensions on the contact line in order to boost his rating at the upcoming election.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 14 March — Lugansk