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Two people die in night shellings of Gorlovka by Ukrainian forces — administration

July 30, 2015, 12:00 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It was earlier reported that six people, including two children, were injured in night shellings of Gorlovka
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MOSCOW, July 30. /TASS/. Two civilians have died in the shellings of the town of Gorlovka by Ukrainian forces, the town administration said on Thursday.

"A woman, born in 1986, died in the Kalininsky district, while a man died in the Nikitovsky district," the Donetsk News Agency quoted a town administration spokesperson as saying.

It was earlier reported that six people, including two children, were injured in night shellings of Gorlovka. "Six people have been injured — two women, aged 76 and 79, two men, aged 58 and 52, and two children, aged 7 and 14," Gorlovka’s healthcare department said.

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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