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LUGANSK, February 15. /TASS/. People’s militias of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic in Ukraine’s southeast stop all combat actions starting from 00:00 midnight (01:00 am Moscow time) Sunday, February 15, in line with the Minsk agreements, head of the LPR Council of Ministers Gennady Tsyplakov told TASS.
"In accordance with the Minsk agreements’ implementation measures, LPR stopped hostilities starting from 00:00 hours, Sunday, Kiev time," he said.
According to him, any use of artillery and multiple launch rocket systems will be regarded as violation of the Minsk agreements and the responsibility for this will rest with official Kiev.
Absolute silence is now observed in Lugansk. Journalists have recorded no facts of shelling from both sides.
Militia forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) have ceased fire, spokesman for the DPR defence ministry Eduard Basurin told a briefing at the Donetsk news agency on Sunday.
"The DPR militia forces, fulfilling the DPR head’s order, ceased fire at 00:00 hours, Kiev time, from all types of weapons," Basurin said. "DPR militia forces, strictly fulfilling the DPR head’s order, shall comply with the silence regime throughout the zone of responsibility of DPR militia units.".
Authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in the southeast of Ukraine have started the development of plans to withdraw heavy weapons, DPR defence ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Sunday.
"The DPR army staff on February 15 starts the development of plans for the withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line fixed on September 19, 2014, and preparation for the exchange of prisoners," he said.