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Ceasefire regime holds in Ukraine's unrecognized Donetsk republic — local administration

September 18, 2015, 10:23 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, September 18. /TASS/. The ceasefire regime is observed in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), no shellings have been registered overnight, heads of local administrations told Donetsk News Agency on Friday.

"Everything is calm and quiet," deputy head of the Petrovsky district Sergey Chub said. The heads of Kuybyshevsky, Kirovsky and Kievsky districts also confirmed the situation was calm.

The authorities of the Yasinovatsky, Novoazovsky and Telmanovsky districts said the ceasefire regime was observed by Ukrainian Armed Forces. "The night was calm, everything’s fine," head of Telmanovsky district’s administration Sergey Ivanov said.

Administrations of Gorlovka and Makeyevka also said no shellings were registered.

At the meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk on August 26, the participants confirmed their plans to ensure ceasefire in Donbas from September 1. OSCE’s (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Special Representative in Ukraine Martin Sajdik said that it is necessary for ensuring security at schools along the contact line.

Minsk agreements on 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 envisage ceasefire, weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local election 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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