LUGANSK, August 13 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces violated the ceasefire in the responsibility zone of the Lugansk People’s Republic three times over the past 24 hours, the LPR People’s Militia press service reported.
Since the beginning of the day, as of 09:00, August 13, Ukrainian armed formations had violated the truce three times,” the report said. “The enemy opened fire at our defenders with small arms and large calibre machine guns.”
Ukrainian armed formations from the Ukrainian army’s Operations and Tactical Group “North” shelled the Zolotoye-5 settlement and the Sokolniki and Nizhneye Lozovoye villages, the press service added.
The Republic’s defenders carry out reliable monitoring of the enemy along the contact line while observing the ceasefire terms, the LPR militia said.
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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.