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Ukrainian troops shelling Donetsk airport — DPR defence ministry

June 09, 2015, 20:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Earlier on Tuesday, the spokesman for the DPR defence ministry said a shell had hit a high-rise residential house in Donetsk’s Kuibyshevsky district causing fire in four apartments
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Damaged Putilovsky Bridge near the Donetsk Airport (archive)

Damaged Putilovsky Bridge near the Donetsk Airport (archive)

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MOSCOW, June 9. /TASS/. Ukrainian troops have opened intense artillery fire at the Donetsk airport and a bridge linking the airport and the city, a spokesman for the defence ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Tuesday.

"Ukrainian troops are shelling Donetsk;s Kremlevsky avenue, Artyomovskaya street, Putilovsky bridge and the airport from the area of the settlement of Peski and Opytny. They are using 120mm mortars and 152mm artillery," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

Earlier on Tuesday, the spokesman said a shell had hit a high-rise residential house in Donetsk’s Kuibyshevsky district causing fire in four apartments.

The package of measures for the fulfillment of the Minsk ceasefire accords, which was signed by the Contact Group on the Ukraine crisis settlement on February 12, obliges the warring sides to pull weapons with the caliber of 100 mm and more at a distance of 50 km (31 miles), multiple launch rocket systems at a distance of 70 km (43 miles), Uragan, Smerch volley fire rocket systems and Tochka ballistic missile complexes at a distance of 140 km (87 miles).

The sides undertook to pull back their weaponry at an equal distance, with Kiev withdrawing armaments from the current engagement line and the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics from the line registered in the Minsk memorandum of September 19.

However, the Ukrainian military has subjected populated areas of the Donetsk People’s Republic to intensive fire in recent days, including with the use of heavy artillery and multiple launch rocket systems.

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