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18 July 2019, 15:58

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Zolotoye residents complain to Zelensky about military hardware in residential areas

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LUGANSK, July 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Zolotoye residents complained to the so-called Lugansk Civil Military Administration and the Office of Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky about the deployment of Kiev army weapons and equipment in town residential areas, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Yakov Osadchiy said.

The Ukrainian army continues to build up its forces and hardware along the contact line deploying armaments and military equipment in residential areas and on civil infrastructure premises, Osadchiy said.

“In Zolotoye house yards, we detected three infantry fighting vehicles and two armoured personnel carriers belonging to 25th Brigade,” he said.

“Zolotoye residents repeatedly complained to the Brigade’s command about servicemen’s illegal actions, but the hardware has not been withdrawn from the settlement up to date,” the spokesman said.

“A group of local activists forwarded a collective letter to the Lugansk Civil-Military Administration and the Administration of the Ukrainian president, he said.

Earlier, Osadchiy said that Ukrainian forces had deployed armoured vehicles near a house and a school in Popasnaya.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 18 July — Lugansk