LUGANSK, September 4 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Ukrainian military policy exposed some 70 offenses against civilians committed by servicemen in the “Joint Forces Operation” zone over the past week, Lugansk Peoples Republic People’s Militia chief of staff Colonel Yan Leschenko said at a press briefing at the Lugansk Media Centre.
“From August 29 to September 4, military police in the territory controlled by the Sever (North) operations and tactical group, exposed more than 67 offenses committed by Ukrainian servicemen against civilian population,” Leschenko said.
Firearms were used in more than half of the crimes, he added.
“According to our source at the Lugansk region National Police Department, Ukrainian servicemen were implicated in six robberies, ten assaults, 11 car thefts, 36 cases of battery and four rapes in the designated period,” the Colonel said.
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 ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line.