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Ukrainian military shell Luhansk republic — militia

August 15, 2015, 10:48 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, August 15. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military over the past 24 hours for seven times violated the ceasefire regime, shelling the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic [LPR], including from heavy artillery, a representative of the local People’s Militia told LuhanskInformCentre on Saturday.

"The Ukrainian Armed Forces are not observing the ceasefire regime," the source said. "Between 6 in the morning on Friday and 6 in the morning on Saturday, we registered seven violations."

The military used 152mm artillery to shell Kalinovka and outskirts of Debaltsevo. Besides, they used 82mm mortars and small arms.

"No victims have been reported," the source said.

Heads of the self-proclaimed Luhansk and Donetsk republics [LPR, DPR[ are waiting for a response from the "Normandy Four" to Kiev’s failure to honour the Minsk agreements, LPR head Igor Plotnitsky said on Friday. "To date, [DPR head] Alexander Zakharchenko and I have asked the "Normandy Four" to speak out and have their say. They see and know that Ukraine fails to implement the Minsk agreements. We are waiting for their reply," he said.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs [OCHA], the violence in Ukraine has killed 6,500 people in the past year, wounded 16,000 and left 5 million people in need of humanitarian aid. With more than 1.3 million registered IDPs, Ukraine has now the ninth largest number of internally displaced in the world, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

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