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Ceasefire observed in east Ukraine over past 24 hours

September 29, 2015, 11:38 UTC+3 MOSCOW
Very few ceasefire violations have recently been registered in east Ukraine
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MOSCOW, September 29. /TASS/. No shellings by Ukrainian forces have been registered on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) overnight, local administrations told Donetsk News Agency on Tuesday.

"Everything is quiet, there were no shellings at night," Dokuchaevsk Mayor Yevgeny Bunyo said. Heads of Gorlovka, Makeyevka, Debaltsevo and Yasinovataya confirmed there were no shellings by Ukrainian forces over the last 24 hours.

"Settlements were not shelled last night," Telmanovsky district’s head Sergey Ivanov said. The administarations of Starobeshevsky, Amvrosievsky and Novoazovsky districts also said no incidents were registered overnight.

No incidents were registered in Donetsk as well. "No shellings, the night was calm," Kuybyshevsky district’s head Ivan Prikhodko said.

The self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) people’s militia said the ceasefire regime was observed on its territory as well. "No shellings or provocations were registered in LPR over the last 24 hours," Luhansk Inform Center quoted people’s militia as saying.

At the meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk on August 26, the participants confirmed their plans to ensure ceasefire in Donbass 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 Donbass, 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 Donbass, 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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