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Six people, including two children, injured in night shellings of east Ukraine's Gorlovka

July 30, 2015, 10:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The local authorities also say there are unverified reports that two people died in shellings in Gorlovka
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MOSCOW, July 30. /TASS/. Six people, including two children, have been injured in a night shelling of the town of Gorlovka by the Ukrainian forces, the town’s healthcare department told Donetsk News Agency on Thursday.

"Six people have been injured — two women, aged 76 and 79, two men, aged 58 and 52, and two children, aged 7 and 14," the department said.

The local authorities also said that there are unverified reports that two people died in shellings in Gorlovka. "When they bring the bodies and we can establish the cause of death, we will announce it," they added.

On Wednesday evening, the mayor’s office said the town was being shelled from Dzerzhinsk, noting that shells were exploding in the western part of Gorlovka.

According to the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry, Gorlovka is regularly shelled by the Ukrainian forces.

Minsk agreements on Ukraine

Ceasefire is envisaged by the Minsk agreements on Ukraine. The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Minsk accords also envisage weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbas, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

The Ukrainian forces and the self-defense forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.

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