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Donetsk’s suburb comes under mortar fire

May 25, 2015, 21:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, May 25. /TASS/. A Donetsk suburb came under mortar fire on Monday evening. One shell exploded near a children’s playing ground, the Donetsk News Agency said.

"Donetsk’s Kievsky district was shelled from mortars at about 18:00 local time. Luckily, there was no serious damage," the news agency quoted the district’s head Valentin Levchenko as saying.

He said three shells had hit the area with one exploding a couple of metres off a playing ground. Local residents said children had managed to hide in a shelter.

The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, 2015 after 14-hour negotiations between the leaders of Normandy Four (Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko) in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk. Concurrently, Minsk hosted a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement.

A 13-point Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk agreements in particular included an agreement on cessation of fire from February 15, withdrawal of heavy armaments, as well as measures on long-term political settlement of the situation in Ukraine, including establishment of working subgroups as priority tasks.

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