MOSCOW, April 12. /TASS/. A shell fired by the Ukrainian military hit the building of Donetsk City Clinical Hospital No. 21, the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Defense Ministry said on Sunday.
"The Ukrainian shell hit directly the surgery department of Hospital No. 21 located in 12a Kremlyovskaya Avenue. The data on casualties are being specified," the DPR Defense Ministry told the Donetsk news agency.
The DPR Defense Ministry earlier said the Ukrainian military had started to grossly violate the ceasefire accords reached in Minsk on February 12.
The Ukrainian army is both shelling the Donetsk militia’s positions and making attempts to breach the militia’s defenses, the DPR Defense Ministry said.
Overnight to April 12, two infantry companies of Ukraine’s military launched an attack on the settlement of Zhabunki on the outskirts of Donetsk airport. A direct combat engagement took place and the attack was thwarted, the DPR Defense Ministry said.
Growing tensions at the engagement line caused by provocations from the Ukrainian military may disrupt the peaceful process in east Ukraine, the DPR Defense Ministry said.
The 16-hour marathon summit negotiations held in the Belarusian capital of Minsk on February 12 between the Normandy Four leaders - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel - ended in a package of agreements, which in particular envisaged a ceasefire between the Ukrainian conflicting sides starting from midnight on February 15.
As a result of the meeting, it was announced that an agreement was reached on the ceasefire in certain districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, the heavy weaponry pullout and measures on a long-term political settlement of the crisis.
The package of measures envisages the implementation of constitutional reform based on Ukraine’s decentralization, and also the adoption of permanent legislation on the special status of certain districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.
Thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands of people have fled Ukraine’s embattled east as a result of clashes between Ukrainian troops and local militias in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions during Kiev’s military operation, launched in mid-April 2014 to regain control over parts of the breakaway territories, which call themselves the Donetsk and Lugansk People’s republics.