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Ceasefire observed in Donetsk over last 24 hours

October 19, 2015, 12:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW

According to the local administration, no violations have been registered

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MOSCOW, October 19. /TASS/. No violations of ceasefire by Ukrainian forces were registered on the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) over the last 24 hours, local administration told Donetsk News Agency on Monday.

"The situation remains calm in Donetsk’s Kuybyshevsky district. No violations of ceasefire by the opponent were registered," district administration head Ivan Prikhodko said.

Head of Petrovksy district’s administration Maxim Zhukovsky also confirmed that "everything is calm."

The administrations of Donetsk’s Kievsky and Kirovsky districts said that no shellings were registered overnight. "Ceasefire regime was observed," the authorities stated.

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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