Kiev sends MLRS, self-propelled artillery, armoured vehicles to Popasnaya - LPR militia


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LUGANSK, June 6 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces sent multiple launch rocket systems Grad, self-propelled howitzers, armoured vehicles and truckloads of ammunition to the Popasnaya area, Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.

“The new Kiev authorities’ position on Donbass remains essentially unchanged,” Filiponenko said. “Despite the decision made by the trilateral Contact Group in Minsk about the parties’ readiness to disengage forces and hardware, Kiev continues to violate the terms of hardware deployment near the contact line, and build up forces in the zone of the so-called “joint forces operation.”

According to the available information, a column of Ukrainian military equipment set off towards Popasnaya overnight to Thursday. It includes self-propelled artillery, MLRS Grad, tanks, infantry fighting vehicles and truckloads of ammunition, he added.

Four IFVs, a tank and a multi-purpose lightly armoured transporter were deployed in newly organised Ukrainian army positions in the Novozvanovka and Troitskoye areas, the officer said.

One self-propelled howitzer 2C1 Gvozdika was recorded near Valuiskoye.

After the Contact Group meeting on Wednesday, the Republic’s envoy to the Minsk talks, LPR Foreign Minister Vladislav Deinego said that the LPR and Ukraine had confirmed their readiness to carry out the disengagement of forces and hardware in Zone No 1 (Stanitsa Luganskaya area) on June 10. The Donbass Republics also offered Kiev to begin direct dialogue over lifting of the economic and humanitarian blockade of the region.

Current Politics Centre director Alexey Chesnakov told the Russian news agency TASS that Kiev paid lip service to changing its position in the Contact Group.

 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.

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