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Ukraine military forces shoot at south-east settlement, woman killed in shootout

June 24, 2014, 13:38 UTC+3 LUGANSK
As a result of the shootout, an electric power substation was destroyed, thus halting underground waters pumping from a neighboring coalmine
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LUHANSK, June 24. /ITAR-TASS/. Ukrainian military forces shot at the settlement of Privolye near the city of Lisichansk in east Ukraine’s Luhansk Region overnight to Tuesday. A woman was killed in the shootout.

An electric power substation was destroyed that resulted in a halt to underground waters pumping from a neighboring coalmine that was consequently flooded. Coalminers managed to get out from the mine before the flood.

However, the situation in Luhansk remains relatively calm. The roar of an airplane, flying at high altitude over the city, was heard on Tuesday morning. “The warplane was on a reconnaissance flight,” the press service of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic . The city was not put on air alert.

Consultations to fulfil a peaceful plan in east Ukraine were held in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk on Monday evening. For their part, militia in southeast Ukraine pledged to stop fire until June 27, Prime Minister of self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic Alexander Borodai said. “In response to Kiev’s ceasefire, we are committed to stop fire and not to wage combat actions. The deadline of effective ceasefire is June 27,” he noted, adding that movement of troops in Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics still continues.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s decree on unilateral ceasefire in east Ukraine came into effect at 11pm Moscow time on June 20. It was stated the ceasefire would last until June 27, but “If Ukrainian military forces or civilians come under an armed attack, military formations will return fire."

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