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12 March 2020, 12:47

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Ukrainian servicemen plant over 1,000 mines in Zolotoye, Rassadki farmlands - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, March 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian servicemen planted more than 1,000 anti-tank mines in farmlands of the Zolotoye town and Rassadki village areas just before spring sowing, the Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service said.

“Ukrainian criminals, despite the increasing number of incidents in which both civilians and Ukrainian servicemen are killed or wounded in minefield blasts, continue to mine terrain,” the press service said. “War criminals from 72nd brigade, acting upon direct order of (brigade commander Colonel Artyom) Bogomolov, planted more than 1,000 anti-tank mines in farmlands in the areas of the Rassadki and Zolotoye settlements.”

These facts are confirmed by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission reports, it added.

Earlier, LPR People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko reported eight minefield incidents involving servicemen from the Ukrainian army’s 59th, 72nd, 93rd and 46th Brigades, which left five dead and 17 wounded. Meanwhile, Kiev forces continue to plant mines in the territory under their control: for example, more than 100 anti-tank mines were planted in the vicinity of the Orekhovo village.

LPR People’s Militia chief-of-staff Yan Leschenko said that eight Ukrainian servicemen had been killed in explosions in Ukrainian minefields since the beginning of this year.

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 — 12 March — Lugansk