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Gunfire in Donbass’s Yasinovataya district leaves 3 local residents wounded

August 14, 2015, 23:15 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The Yasinovataya district of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic is one the biggest hotbeds of armed tensions between the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Donbass self-defence units
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MOSCOW, August 14. /TASS/. Gunfire opened by pro-Kiev armed units in the Yasinovataya district of Donetsk agglomeration left three peaceful civilians with fragmentation wounds on Friday, an official at the operative staff of the Donetsk city administration said.

"A total of three residents, all them men, received wounds today," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him. "At this moment, all the three are at hospitals and physicians describe their health status as satisfactory."

The Yasinovataya district of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic is one the biggest hotbeds of armed tensions between the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the Donbass self-defence units. Gunfire by pro-Kiev forces has claimed the lives of 28 civilians in the district since the beginning of the year and has left another 47 people wounded.

Official data suggests that more than 40 buildings have been destroyed in the town of Yasinovataya since the beginning of the year.

Kiev tanks and mortars open fire at east Ukraine town - Donetsk mayor’s office

Ukraine’s eastern town of Gorlovka in the war-torn Donetsk region came under heavy shelling on Friday evening, an official of the city administration said.

Forces loyal to Kiev used tanks and mortars to shell the Kalininsky and Nikitovsky districts of the town, the official said, according to a Donetsk News Agency report.

According to preliminary data, there are casualties.

Gorlovka has lately become the hottest point at the front line in Donbass. From January 2015, the city administration says, 164 civilians have been killed, including 16 children. Another 501 people have got injuries. About 2,000 houses have been ruined. The local authorities say the city has been shelled daily, mostly at night times, in breach of February's ceasefire agreement.

Under terms of the peace deal agreed by leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France in the Belarusian capital Minsk on February 12, the ceasefire regime came into effect at midnight on February 15.

This was to be followed by withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of military engagement by at least 15 kilometres (9 miles), prisoner release and agreement for international observers to monitor the truce.

Withdrawal was due to start no later than the second day after the truce came into effect, for completion within two weeks.

Buffer zones were to be established of at least 50 kilometres (30 miles) for artillery of 100mm-calibre or more, 70 kilometres for multiple rocket launch systems and 140 kilometres for the heaviest rockets and missiles.

Both sides accuse each other of violating the ceasefire agreed in Minsk despite the pull-back of heavy weapons.

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