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Yasinovataya in DPR comes under shelling by Ukrainian troops

July 28, 2015, 22:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, July 28. /TASS/. Ukrainian troops opened mortar fire at the town of Yasinovataya in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR). A mine ruined a residential house in its suburb, head of the local administration Yuri Korsar said late on Tuesday.

"Our town has just been shelled. So far, we have reports that a shell destroyed the roofing of a residential house," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. Local authorities said the town had been shelled from the settlement of Avdeyevka.

Yasinovataya is located in close proximity to the line of engagement between Ukrainian troops and DPR militias. The town has often comes under shelling by Ukrainian troops, killing civilians and ruining infrastructure.

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.

The ceasefire however has been repeatedly violated. The self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Luhansk have repeatedly said ceasefire observation completely depends on the Ukrainian side.

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