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11 September 2019, 15:01

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Ukrainian serviceman killed, three wounded in friendly fire - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, September 11 (Lugansk Media Centre) - A Ukrainian servicemen was killed and his three colleagues suffered shrapnel wounds as their special operations team was caught in friendly mortar fire, the Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“Ukrainian armed formations’ non-combat losses continue to increase due to commanders’ poor coordination,” Filiponenko said.

“According to our source, Ukrainian armed formations 14th Brigade commander (Col Sergey) Voichenko ordered a reconnaissance company to set up a special operations team on the contact line in the Brigade’s responsibility area.

"As unit commanders were unaware of the the team’s mission, a 14th Brigade 3rd Mechanised Battalion mortar crew, having noticed the movement of the Ukrainian special operations team in the Novotoshkovskoye settlement area, took it for an enemy reconnaissance team and opened fire,” the press service officer said.

He added that “three Ukrainian gunmen suffered shrapnel wounds and that one serviceman died of his wounds without regaining consciousness in the Severodonetsk hospital.

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 — 11 September — Lugansk