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8 February 2019, 18:18

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Zolotoye transmission line repairs not possible as strikes by Ukrainian army continue - LPR militia

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LUGANSK, February 8 (Lugansk Media Centre) - The power transmission line in the Zolotoye-5 settlement area damaged in Friday morning shelling cannot be repaired amidst ongoing strikes by Kiev forces, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia spokesman Andrey Marochko said.

On February 8, Kiev forces shelled the Maryevka and Mikhailovka townships in Zolotoye-5 damaging houses, a power transmission line and a gas pipe.

“You can hear small arms shots; fire is also being delivered with 120mm mortars,” said Marochko at the scene located in the Zolotoye forces and hardware disengagement zone. “Strikes are being delivered from the Ukraine-controlled territory.”

Ukraine is fully aware that repair teams and personnel (of the LPR Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination)are working here,he said.

“This information was sent to the JCCC in Soledar; they asked for a ceasefire (in order to carry out repairs), but as you hear, the ceasefire is not observed. The repair teams cannot fix the power transmission line because of ongoing shelling,” the spokesman said.

As of now, power outages were reported in Maryevka, Mikhailovka, Molodyozhnoye and parts of Pervomaisk.

On February 4, two houses in Zolotoye-5 were damaged in shelling by Ukrainian forces. A school was damaged in the February 1 strike and kindergarten Beryozka was damaged January 31.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 — 08 February — Lugansk