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Ukrainian forces massively shell Donetsk overnight — city administration

August 24, 2015, 9:55 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to preliminary reports, no one was injured in shellings
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MOSCOW, August 24. /TASS/. Ukrainian forces have shelled the Kirovsky and Petrovsky districts in Donetsk, the city administration said on Monday.

"Around 11pm [local time], as a result of direct hits in the settlement of Staromikhaylovka in the Kirovsky district, damages were registered in four houses and one outbuilding," Donetsk News Agency quoted the administration as saying.

Ukrainian forces also opened fire at the Petrovsky district. "From 10pm to 12am, [Ukrainian forces] shelled the Petrovsky district. Damages as a result of direct hits were registered along the Mendeleev Street," the mayor’s office said.

According to preliminary reports, no one was injured in shellings. Information about the extent of inflicted damage is being verified.

Minsk agreements on Ukraine

Ceasefire is envisaged by the Minsk agreements on the settlements of the situation in Ukraine. The Minsk accords were signed on February 12, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

The Minsk accords also envisage weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbas, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

The Ukrainian forces and the self-defense forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.

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