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Kiev forces attack car with militia fighters in east Ukraine — DPR defense ministry

April 06, 2015, 11:13 UTC+3
Two people were injured in the incident
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Ukrainian soldiers near Shirokino

Ukrainian soldiers near Shirokino

© EPA/TASS/ANASTASIA VLASOVA

MOSCOW, April 6. /TASS/. Ukrainian forces have shelled a car with militia fighters in Shirokino in eastern Ukraine, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry spokesman Eduard Basurin said on Monday.

"At 5am today, a GAZelle car carrying servicemen [DPR self-defense forces] was attacked by fire from a machine gun. As a result, two people were injured," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Basurin as saying.

The gas-tank exploded after the car was fired at. Self-defense forces received moderate burns. Basurin also said a mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has already set off for Shirokino.

Ukraine peace deals

On February 12, negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" were held in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The talks lasted for around 14 hours. Simultaneously, a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement was held in Minsk.

As a result, the Minsk agreements were signed that envisage ceasefire in Ukraine’s south-east, heavy weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbas and constitutional reform in Ukraine. The document includes 13 points, one of which envisages creating working groups in the Contact Group.

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