Ukrainian forces plant over 300 mines in Popasnaya area


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LUGANSK, October 14 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces planted more than 220 anti-tank mines along the road outside Popasnaya, the Lugansk People’s Republic People’s Militia press services said.

Ukrainian army's 30th brigade planted over 220anti-tank mines in several lines along the road on north-eastern outskirts of Popasnaya, the report detailed.

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regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.

The Contact Group coordinated the introduction of additional measures to strengthen the ceasefire starting at 00:01, July 27 at the July 22 videoconference.  The document bans offensive or reconnaissance operations, use of any aerial vehicles, fire including sniper fire, deployment of heavy weapons to populated areas and adjacent territories, first of all, to civilian infrastructure, including schools, kindergartens, hospitals and public premises. It provides for effective implementation of disciplinary measures against violators of the ceasefire and notification the Contact Group Coordinator thereof, who further notifies all its participants; establishing and employing a coordination mechanism for reacting to ceasefire violations with assistance of the JCCC with its current membership; retaliatory fire in case of an offensive is allowed only if it is opened on the order of appropriate command of the Ukrainian armed forces or LPR, DPR People's Militia after unsuccessful attempt to employ the above mentioned mechanism.

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