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4 June 2019, 16:20

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Zelensky snubs Donbass ceasefire commitments - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, June 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukraine’s new President Vladimir Zelensky is not meeting the Donbass ceasefire commitments, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The newly-elected Ukrainian President, Vladimir Zelensky, is not meeting the Donbass ceasefire commitments,” Filiponenko said. “As he came to power and reshuffled the army leadership, the contact line situation aggravated. Ukrainian forces deliberately fire at LPR residential areas causing civilian suffering.”

He reminded that two LPR civilians had been wounded and that seven houses and a transmission line had been damaged in Kiev strikes over a week.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 04 June — Lugansk