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12 December 2019, 15:20

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Ukrainian troops clash with nationalists in Stanitsa Luganskaya area - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, December 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - A shootout broke out between Ukrainian army servicemen and nationalists in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area, the Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

The LPR militia has recorded further confrontation between Ukrainian army troops in the zone of the so-called “Joint Forces Operation” and nationalistic squads, Filiponenko said.

“On December 10, regular troops exchange fire with nationalists in the Stanitsa Luganskaya area using grenade launchers and small arms,” he said adding that this information had been confirmed by OSCE Special Monitoring Mission personnel.

The Ukrainian command continues to build up forces and hardware on the contact line in violation of the Minsk Agreements, the press officer said.

A BMP-1 infantry fighting vehicle belonging to the Ukrainian army 72nd Brigade was spotted in the Popasnaya settlement, and new 72nd Brigade fortifications appeared in the Zolotoye settlement area, he said.

Earlier, Filiponenko reported a shootout between Ukrainian servicemen and nationalists in the Zolotoye area.

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 December — Lugansk