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Dwelling houses in DPR Spatrtak settlement catch fire after shelling by Ukrainian troops

August 06, 2015, 8:45 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to local authorities, Ukrainian troops used mortars
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MOSCOW, August 6. /TASS/. Mortar shells fired by Ukrainian troops overnight to Thursday caused fire in dwelling houses in the settlement of Spartak in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the local administration said.

"We were woken up by explosions in the small hours of Thursday. Now living houses are on fire in Molodezhnaya Street," an administration official told the Donetsk News Agency. The official said Ukrainian troops had used mortars. Luckily, no one was hurt.

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.

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