MOSCOW, August 6. /TASS/. Ukrainian Armed Forces have violated ceasefire regime in Donbas 27 times over the last 24 hours, including with the use of heavy weaponry, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) defense ministry said on Thursday.
"The situation in the republic remains tense, the enemy continues using artillery. The number of shellings over the last 24 hours stood at 27," Donetsk News Agency quoted DPR defense ministry as saying.
According to the defense ministry, 40 artillery shells of 152mm and 122mm caliber were fired, along with 26 tank shells and 66 mortar mines of 82mm and 120mm caliber. Ukrainian forces also used grenade launchers, anti-tank and small arms.
"The most intensive shelling hit the settlement of Primorskoye in the Novoazovsky district, Gorlovka was also shelled," a DPR defense ministry spokesman said. According to earlier reports, two civilians were killed in night’s shellings in Gorlovka.
The Ukrainian forces shelled Donetsk airport, Gagarin and Glubokaya mines, settlements of Staromikhaylovka, Verkhnetoretskoye, Botmanka, Spartak, Golmovsky, Veseloye and Zheleznaya Balka.
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. Weaponry withdrawal is envisaged by the Minsk agreements on the settlement in Ukraine signed on February 12 by Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine in the Belarusian capital.
DPR announced at the end of July 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.