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Militia accuse Kiev of violating ceasefire 46 times over 24 hours in Donetsk republic

July 28, 2015, 14:03 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Kiev forces reportedly fired 19 artillery shells of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 61 tank shells, 128 mines of 82mm and 120mm caliber
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MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. The Ukrainian forces have shelled the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) 46 times over the last 24 hours, DPR defense ministry said on Tuesday.

"The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic remains complicated. The Ukrainian forces have intensified shellings over the last 24 hours and violated ceasefire regime 46 times," the Donetsk News Agency quoted the DPR defense ministry as saying.

The Kiev forces fired 19 artillery shells of 152mm and 122mm caliber, 61 tank shells, 128 mines of 82mm and 120mm caliber. The Ukrainian forces also used anti-tank weapons, grenade launchers and small arms.

The settlements of Kalinovka, Sakhanka, Staromikhaylovka, Zaytsevo, Zheleznaya Balka, Nizhneye Lozovoye and Zhabichevo came under fire, along with the Oktyabrsky settlement and Kuybyshevsky district in Donetsk. The town of Gorlovka came under the most intensive shelling.

Weaponry withdrawal

On July 18, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics (DPR and LPR) announced their plans to unilaterally withdraw heavy weaponry from the contact line.

DPR announced last week that it completed the withdrawal of weaponry of less than 100mm caliber from the contact line, leaving tanks only in "hot spots" to the north of Donetsk and in Debaltsevo. LPR also completed the withdrawal of weaponry from the contact line, leaving tanks and armored vehicles only on positions near the Schastye settlement.

On July 21, the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement reached an agreement on gradual withdrawal of weaponry of less than 100mm caliber by both sides.

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