Kiev forces violate ceasefire nine times over 24 hours

Military&Defence 

LUGANSK, August 28 (Lugansk Media Center) – Kiev forces shelled LPR People’s Militia positions nine times over the past 24 hours, the Republic’s defence authorities said.

Frunze and Kalinovo urban type settlements, Lozovoye, Zhelobok, Priship and Kalinovka townships areas were targeted with 82mm mortars, recoilless anti-tank guns (SPG), automatic grenade launchers (AGS), under barrel grenade launchers (GP) and small arms.

The members of the Contact Group have agreed a comprehensive ceasefire agreement effective from midnight August 25 as the academic year id to begin in Donbass on September 1. On August 22 the leaders of the Normandy Four countries (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) supported the ceasefire the Contact Group was expected to adopt the next day, and actually did on August 23.

The previous agreement on the ceasefire was reached by the Contact Group on June 21, but it was violated by Kiev forces 30 minutes after coming into force.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large caliber artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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 12 February 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.

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