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DPR authorities confirm ceasefire observed overnight

September 25, 2015, 11:00 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The night was calm, without incidents or shellings, a local official says

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MOSCOW, September 25. /TASS/. No violations of ceasefire regime have been registered in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) overnight, heads of local administrations told Donetsk News Agency on Friday.

"The night was calm, without incidents or shellings," head of the Buybyshevsky district Ivan Prikhodko said. Similar situation was observed at night in Donetsk’s Petrovsky, Kievsky and Kirovsky districts.

No shellings by Ukrainian Armed Forces were registered in the towns of Makeyevka, Yasinovataya, Dokuchaevsk, Gorlovka. "The night was quiet, no reports were made on shellings or victims," Gorlovka mayor’s office said.

"There were no shellings," head of the Telmanovsky district Sergey Ivanov confirmed.

The administrations of Starobeshevsky, Amvrosievsky and Novoazovsky districts also said that no ceasefire violations were registered in the settlements along the contact line in Donbass.

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. Over the last days, only few violations of ceasefire regime were registered in Donbas, with the most serious case registered overnight to September 5, when one civilian was killed and two others injured.

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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