LUGANSK, 21 Feb – RIA Novosti. The people's militia of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic recorded the arrival of towed howitzers “Hyacinth-B” at the railway station controlled by Kiev Rubezhny in Donbass, the press service of the LPR defense department told reporters on Sunday.
On Friday, the National Defense and Security Council (NSDC) of Ukraine discussed the deterioration of the security situation in Donbass, decisions were made, they are classified. NSDC Secretary Aleksey Danilov, following the results of the meeting, said that its participants returned to the consideration of five scenarios for Donbass. The LPR Ministry of Foreign Affairs suggested that official Kiev is ready to abandon the indefinite truce in Donbass.
“In the area of responsibility of the 14th brigade of the Ukrainian Armed Forces, ten towed howitzers 2A36” Hyacinth-B “with a caliber of 152 millimeters were found at the railway station in the village of Rubezhnoe,” a spokesman for the press service said.
According to a spokesman for the press service, this fact is confirmed in their February 20 report by the observers of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM). He emphasized that these actions of the Ukrainian security forces are in violation of the additional measures taken on the ceasefire.
“Subdivisions of the People's Militia are constantly monitoring the enemy, strictly adhering to the terms of the current ceasefire in readiness, by order of the command, to promptly respond to changes in the situation,” added a spokesman for the press service.
On July 27, additional measures to ensure an armistice came into force in Donbass. These measures imply a complete ban on firing, placing weapons in and near settlements, and offensive and reconnaissance and sabotage actions. In addition, they provide for disciplinary liability for violations of the ceasefire. Ceasefire orders containing measures to maintain it must be in effect until the conflict is completely resolved.
In April 2014, the Ukrainian authorities launched a military operation against the self-proclaimed LPR and DPR, which declared independence after the coup d'etat in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN data, about 13 thousand people became victims of the conflict.
The issue of resolving the situation in Donbass is being discussed, in particular, during the meetings in Minsk of the contact group, which since September 2014 has already adopted three documents regulating steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict, shootings continue.