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Donetsk representative: hostilities in Donetsk Republic claim 6-10 thousand civilians

May 10, 2015, 11:05 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. Between six and ten thousand civilians died in the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) during the military conflict in Donbass, the republic’s chief negotiator in the Contact Group on Ukraine's crisis settlement Denis Pushilin said on Sunday.

"The victims among civilians are times more than killed militia," he said. "We shall never forget these crimes by Kiev and we shall have them addressed at the international level."

Talks of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) leaders on the Ukrainian issue took place in the Belarusian capital Minsk on February 12. Simultaneously, regular talks of the Contact Group were held in Minsk on February 10-12.

The talks ended with adoption of a 13-point package of measures, which contained in particular a ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons, as well as measures on long-term political settlement of the Ukraine crisis, including enforcement of a special self-rule status for certain districts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

The package of measures envisages the pullback of all heavy weapons by both parties to locations equidistant from the disengagement line in order to create a security zone at least 50 kilometres wide for artillery systems with a calibre of 100 mm or more, a zone of security 70 kilometres wide for multiple rocket launchers and a zone 140 kilometres wide for multiple rocket launchers Tornado-S, Uragan and Smerch and the tactical rocket systems Tochka-U.

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