Ukrainian forces deploy armored vehicles, anti-aircraft gun in residential area - LPR militia

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Kiev forces deployed armored vehicles and an anti-aircraft gun in a residential area in the zone of the so-called joint forces operation, the Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press service reported.

“We have detected the deployment of two infantry fighting vehicles and a Zu-23 anti-aircraft gun in a residential area of the Stanitsa Luganskaya settlement in the responsibility zone of the Ukrainian army’s 79th Brigade,” the report said.

The deployment of weapons and military equipment in settlements violates Article 3 of the Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire, the LPR militia said.

The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire, agreed by the Contact Group members and effective since 00:01 July 27, 2020, ban offensive and commando operations, use of unmanned aerial vehicles, deployment of heavy armaments in or in proximity to residential areas etc.  They envision punishment for violators and the use of the coordination mechanism to respond to ceasefire violations. Return fire is allowed in case of offensive, if the order is given by the leadership of Ukrainian forces or DPR and 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 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.*i*b

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