19 January 2017, 16:00


Ukrainian serviceman killed, 8 injured in truck crash – LPR People’s Militia

A Ukrainian army truck crashed in the zone of so-called "antiterrorist operation", killing one serviceman and injuring another eight, LPR People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko told a news briefing at Lugansk Media Centre.

"We continue to receive information about Ukrainian army non-battle losses which are concealed from higher command," Marochko said.

"A truck overturned on a slippery road as the driver from 24th brigade of Ukrainian armed forces lost control of the vehicle," Marochko said, adding that one Ukrainian serviceman died and eight were injured in the accident.

In early January, Marochko said a Ukrainian serviceman fatally ran over a woman in Popasnaya district and fled the scene.

In a later report, the spokesman said drunken Ukrainian servicemen caused three road accidents within one week in Stanichno-Luganskiy district in which civilians were hurt.

Eighteen Ukrainian military personnel in the zone of "antiterrorist operation" zone have died as a result of careless handling of weapons and drinking inferior quality alcohol since the beginning of this year. Another 11 Ukrainian servicemen have deserted their units, according to LPR People’s Militia Command chief Colonel Oleg Anaschenko.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 19 January — Lugansk