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DPR says Kiev troops violated ceasefire regime over 400 times since signing Minsk accords

March 10, 2015, 21:27 UTC+3
The most difficult situation remains in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport and south of Mariupol, where Kiev is pulling units of armored vehicles and servicemen
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MOSCOW, March 10. /TASS/. Ukrainian troops have violated the ceasefire regime more than 400 times after the signing of the peace agreements in Minsk, Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the defence ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Tuesday.

"Since February 12, when the peace accords were signed in Minsk, the number of episodes of targeted shelling of our positions by Ukrainian troops has exceeded 400," he said, adding that Ukrainian troops had shelled DPR positions 20 times in past 24 hours.

According to Basurin, the most difficult situation remains in the vicinity of the Donetsk airport and south of Mariupol, where Kiev is pulling units of armored vehicles and servicemen.

"Here, random shelling of our positions from firearms and mortars continued all through yesterday. As many as 18 episodes of shelling were reported from the vicinity of the airport," he said, adding that one DPR serviceman had been wounded.

"Despite its loud accusations against us, the Ukrainian side is sparing no effort to hamber or block the activity of the monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in territories under its control, where it openly violates the Minsk agreements of February 12," Basurin underscored.

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