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Donetsk republic reports five ceasefire violations by Ukrainian troops in past day

September 14, 2015, 16:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the DPR defense ministry, the settlements of Spartak, Staromikhailovka, Alexandrovka and the vicinity of the Donetsk airport came under shelling
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MOSCOW, September 14. /TASS/. Five episodes of ceasefire violation have been reported in the past day as Ukrainian troops shelled settlements in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), a spokesman for the DPR defense ministry said on Monday.

"Five ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian side were reported in the past day," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

According to the DPR defense ministry, the settlements of Spartak, Staromikhailovka, Alexandrovka and the vicinity of the Donetsk airport came under shelling.

The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising senior representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the European security watchdog OSCE on February 12, 2015, signed a 13-point Package of Measures to fulfil the September 2014 Minsk agreements. The package was agreed with the leaders of the Normandy Four, namely Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine).

The Package of Measures, known as Minsk-2, envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias in the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Luhansk starting from February 15 and subsequent withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of engagement. The deal also laid out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions.

Following an agreement on lasting truce in Donbas from September 1 reached at the Minsk Contact Group talks on August 26, only isolated cases of ceasefire violations have been reported from eastern Ukraine.

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