Kiev Forces Shell LPR 2000 Times

Lugansk Media Centre — Kiev forces shell LPR People’s Militia positions 2,000 times in January

Kiev forces shelled LPR People’s Militia positions over two thousand times, violating the ceasefire over 100 times January, said LPR People’s Militia command chief Colonel Oleg Anaschenko.

“In January Kiev forces violated the ceasefire over 100 times, firing over 2,000 rounds at the Republic’s territory.”

The colonel said that Pervomaisk, Irmino, Kirovsk and Kalinovo were shelled mostly.

In the majority of cases heavy artillery and mortars were used.

“Ukrainian armed forces attempted offensives that failed and they had to pull back from the territories they wanted to occupy,” he said.

“LPR militiamen did not give up any piece of land and we are finalizing the list of those to be awarded for their service.”

The members of the Contact Group at the meeting in Minsk on December 21st agreed to enforce a comprehensive and durable ceasefire in effect from December 24th. The deal has become the 10th truce agreement since the autumn of 2014. Earlier, 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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 its 2202 Resolution 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 — 03 February — Lugansk


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