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Ukraine’s biggest thermal power plant hit by Kiev forces’ shelling

July 27, 2015, 11:39 UTC+3 KIEV
The shell damaged the electric parts of energy blocks 1, 2 and 3, open distributing equipment has been damaged greatly, press service of the managing company CenterEnergo says
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KIEV, July 27. /TASS/. Ukraine’s biggest Vuhlehirsk thermal power plant in the Donetsk region got under shelling and had to stop operations, press service of the managing company CenterEnergo said on Monday.

"At night on July 27, the energy blocks 1,3 and 4 were stopped in emergency," the press service said. "The shell damaged the electric parts of energy blocks 1, 2 and 3. Open distributing equipment has been damaged greatly. The staff is safe."

The managing company says the Vuhlehirsk plant is the biggest power plant in Ukraine and the biggest facility in the Donetsk region. However, the financial situation is "complicated" there — the management is looking for investors to re-equip the plant and to "extend the current equipment’s term by another 15-20 years."

The ceasefire regime in Donbas (Donetsk and Luhansk regions)was announced officially on February 15.

Regular talks of the participants in the Trilateral Contact Group on the east Ukrainian settlement comprising representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) were held in the Belarusian capital city of Minsk on February 10-12. Talks of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France, and Ukraine) leaders on the Ukrainian issue also ended February 12 in Minsk.

A 13-point Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk agreements was adopted at the February talks.

The package 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 enforcement of a special self-rule status for certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The ceasefire has been repeatedly violated since.

On Saturday, July 18, the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) announced withdrawing from the line of engagement of tanks and armoured vehicles equipped with guns of under 100mm calibre to the distance of at least 3 kilometers. Within July 19, DPR withdrew 41 tanks and 84 infantry fighting vehicles. LPR as of 08:00 p.m. on July 19 finalized withdrawal of all the weapons of under 100mm calibre from the line of engagement with the exception for the area near the settlement of Schastye.

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