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Russian TV crew comes under fire near Donetsk airport

August 12, 2015, 19:52 UTC+3 MOSCOW
It is still unknown whether anybody was killed or wounded
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A journalist taking pictures of cats near the Donetsk airport

A journalist taking pictures of cats near the Donetsk airport

© Valery Sharifulin/TASS

MOSCOW, August 12 /TASS/. The crew of Russia’s REN TV channel came under fire near Donetsk airport on Wednesday, the channel said on its website.

"The Ukrainian military opened fire at the REN TV crew today when our correspondents were working near the Donetsk airport, which is one of the biggest flash points (in Donbas). Shooting has been under way in the village of Oktyabrsky, one kilometer away from Donetsk airport, for days," REN TV said on its website.

It is still unknown whether anybody was killed or wounded.

Kiev wants new peace deal to control border with Russia

Earlier on Wednesday, the defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk republic (DPR) said that the Ukrainian Armed Forces had broken the truce 24 times in the past 24 hours.

The "regime of silence" took effect in Donbas on February 15 this year. A demand to cease the fire is included in the package of measures to implement the Minsk agreements (Minsk-2).

The DPR and LPR have said it many times that the ceasefire observance depends entirely on the Ukrainian side.

According to Russian political scientist Alexey Chesnakov, Ukraine is trying to abandon the February 12 package of measures to implement the Minsk agreements (Minsk-2).

"Kiev wants a new agreement (Minsk-3) that will fix the need to hand over control over the Ukraine-Russia border in Donbas to Ukraine as its first point. At present, the border is being controlled by the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) and the Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR)," Chesnakov told TASS on Wednesday.

He added that restoration of Ukraine’s control over the border with Russia was the only and main precondition that the two self-proclaimed republics had to meet if they wanted the Kiev authorities to take their stance into consideration.

According to the Minsk-2 package of measures, Ukraine can restore control over the border only after it meets other commitments, including the organization of local elections.

"Naturally, Kiev keeps refusing to agree to this," Chesnakov said. "If Kiev restores control over the border, it will simply strangle the DPR and LPR and will try to appoint its own puppet governors in these regions," Chesnakov stressed.

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