LUGANSK, February 27 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces invited journalists to take videos of provocative strikes in the zone of the so-called “Joint Forces Operation,” Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service officer Ivan Filiponenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.
“Our colleagues from the DPR People’s Militia told us that journalists working for the ICTV, Channel 5 and Ukraine channels, accompanied by JFO Headquarters press service officers, had arrived in the responsibility zones of the Ukrainian army’s 59th, 72nd and 93rd Brigades in the Svetlodarsk, Zolotoye and Orekhovo settlement areas,” Filiponenko said.
The Ukrainian journalists were tasked with breaking fake news in order to accuse the LPR leadership of violating the Minsk Agreements, he said.
“To provoke our militia into retaliation, the punitive operation commanders plan to deliver strikes at the Republic using 120mm mortars and cannon artillery banned by the Minsk Agreements,” the LPR militia press service officer said.
“In this connection, we call upon international monitoring organisations to step up the monitoring in Ukraine-held territory in order to prevent the provocation planned by the Ukrainian command as it might hurt civilians,” Filiponenko said.
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.