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Kiev forces shell Donetsk republic 29 times over past 24 hours, one person killed — DPR

May 19, 2015, 10:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The DPR Defence Ministry points to an increase in the intensity of shelling from heavy weapons, which, according to the Minsk agreements, should be withdrawn from the separation line
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Aftermath of a shelling in Donetsk region (archive)

Aftermath of a shelling in Donetsk region (archive)

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MOSCOW, May 19. /TASS/. Kiev-controlled united have fired on the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) 29 times over the past 24 hours, a DPR Defence Ministry spokesman said on Tuesday.

"Over the past 24 hours the Ukrainian law enforcers have shelled the territory of DPR 29 times," the Donetsk news agency quotes him as saying. "Overnight alone, 19 incidents of shelling have been reported."

The DPR Defence Ministry points to an increase in the intensity of shelling from heavy weapons, which, according to the Minsk agreements, should be withdrawn from the separation line. In particular, over this period of time the Ukrainian side opened fire with 152-mm calibre guns six times. Also reported were 16 mortar attacks, five with tank guns, fire was opened twice with grenade launchers and small arms.

Under fire were the cities of Donetsk and Gorlovka and several settlements, including Shirokino, Spartak and Lozovoye.

According to the DPR Emergencies Ministry, a civilian in Donetsk was fatally wounded. "A man died after a shell hit a two-storey dwelling house," the ministry said, adding that an elderly woman had been injured in the attack.

Meanwhile, the Ukrainian army has accused the DPR units of violating the ceasefire. However, it failed to provide accurate information on the number of shell-fires.

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