MOSCOW, July 25. /TASS/. The Defence Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) fixed 40 violations of the ceasefire regime by the Ukrainian military over past 24 hours, the ministry’s press service reported on Saturday.
The Donetsk News Agency reported Kiev’s military fired 75 artillery shells of 152 and 122mm calibre, 127 tank shells, 55 mines of 82 and 120mm calibre. Besides, they used antitank weapons, rocket-propelled grenades and small arms.
Under the fire were Gorlovka and the Donetsk airport, as well as settlements Petrovskoye, Styla, Zheleznaya Balka, Kalinovka, Novolaspa, Staromikhailovka, Golmovsky, Lazovoye and Starolaspa.
On Tuesday, July 21, the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk approved a text of the agreement on a gradual withdrawal of tanks, armoured vehicles and weapons of under 100mm calibre from the front line. Prior to that, self-proclaimed DPR and the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) unilaterally withdrew their weapons of under 100mm calibre to the distance of three kilometres from the front. However, later on Ukraine’s President Pyotr Poroshenko said he ordered to his representatives at the Contact Group to sign the agreement on a 30-kilometre buffer zone in Donbass.
A peace deal struck on February 12 in Minsk, Belarus, by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and people’s militias starting from February 15, followed by withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of military engagement and prisoner release. The package of measures envisages the pullback of all heavy weapons by both parties to locations equidistant from the line of engagement in order to create a security zone of 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 for tactical rocket systems Tochka-U. The final document says that the Ukrainian troops are to be pulled back away from the current line of engagement and the militias of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, from the line of engagement set by the Minsk Memorandum of September 19, 2014.