LPR militia intercepts Ukrainian army reconnaissance drone in Kalinovka area


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LUGANSK, January 12 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Lugansk People’s Republic air defence and electronic warfare units have intercepted a Ukrainian unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) on a reconnaissance mission in the Kalinovka village area, the LPR People’s Militia press service reported.

“Air defence and radioelectronic warfare units teamed up to force-land a Mavic 2 pro of the Ukrainian army’s 59th Separate Motorized Infantry Brigade, as it attempted to cross into the LPR air space in violation of Item 1 of the “Additional Measures,” namely the ban on the use of unmanned aerial vehicles,” the report said.

The Contact Group agreed the tighter ceasefire control measures in Donbass starting at 00:01, July 27. The measures ban special operations, use of unmanned aerial vehicles and deployment of heavy armaments in and around residential areas Return fire is allowed in case of offensive, if the order is given by the leadership of Ukrainian forces or the DPR or LPR People’s Militias after the unsuccessful attempt to use the coordination mechanism. The Contact Group shall be notified about such orders.

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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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