Russian Spring, March 8, 2016
Translated from Russian by Tom Winter
A drunk Ukrainian tank driver, in the course of violating the Minsk agreements, transferring armored vehicles into the Stanitsa Lugansk, crashed into and broke down a high-voltage power pylon, cutting off power to 20 homes.
This was reported today by Colonel Igor Yaschenko, deputy chief of staff of the People’s Militia Corps.
“According to our intelligence, March 4, in the village of Lugansk in the course of moving up a column of military equipment, consisting of eight tanks and 10 infantry fighting vehicles, a driver of one of the tanks, while under the influence of alcohol, knocked down a power line on October Street. Consequently 20 homes remained without electricity on March 5,” he said.
“The Armed Forces of Ukraine continue to violate the conditions of the stay of military equipment along the line of contact provided by the Minsk Agreement, also by using the cease-fire regime for the military build-up of their units in the “Anti-Terrorist Operation” zone,” said Yaschenko.
Recall that the participants in the Contact Group to resolve the situation in the Donbass, at their meeting in Minsk January 13 introduced a “regime of silence” from Midnight January 14, which was supported by the Plenipotentiary of the Russian initiative in the negotiations, Boris Gryzlov. This agreement was the seventh in a row: since fall 2014, the parties agreed six times on the establishment of a truce, the last time being December 22, 2015.
Nevertheless Kiev security forces in the zone of responsibility of the People’s Militia repeatedly have violated the truce, including opening fire from mortars and tanks, which were supposed to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.
In Minsk on 12 February 2015, members of the Contact Group to resolve the situation in the Donbass, with the heads of the “Normandy Quartet” of participating countries (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) signed a complex of measures to implement the Minsk agreements. The document provides for a cease-fire, the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line, the beginning of a dialogue on the restoration of social and economic relations of Kiev and the Donbass, as well as reform of Ukraine’s constitution for the purpose of decentralization and consolidation of “the special status of certain regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions.”