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DPR says Kiev violates Minsk accords by using drones in Donbass

October 04, 2015, 19:57 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, October 4. /TASS/. Ukrainian troops are violating the Minsk agreements by using unmanned aerial vehicles over three settlements in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the DPR defence ministry said on Sunday.

"Yesterday [on October 3], four drones of the Ukrainian army on a reconnaissance mission were shot down in the vicinity of the settlements of Yenakiyevo, Yakovlevka and Korsun," he said, adding that under the Minsk agreements only OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) drone can be used in the conflict zone.

The Package of Measures, known as Minsk-2, that was worked out by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France after marathon talks on February 12, 2015 envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias in the self-proclaimed republic in Donetsk and Luhansk starting from February 15 and subsequent withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of engagement. The deal also laid out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions.

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