MOSCOW, November 28. /TASS/. Ukrainian military have opened fire on the villages of Oktyabrsky and Vesyoloye on the outskirts of the city of Donetsk, setting on fire two residential houses, a spokesman for the defence ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told the Donetsk news agency on Saturday.
"The Ukrainian troops have opened fire on the villages of Oktyabrsky and Vesyoloye in Donetsk’s north," he said adding that two houses caught fire after they had been hit by shells.
The ministry noted that the shelling was opened with mortars 82mm and 120mm calibre as well as with grenade launchers and small arms from Ukrainian positions in the village of Peski.
The Minsk agreements, approved in the Belarussian capital on February 12 by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France alongside the Contact Group resolving the Ukraine conflict, envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and people’s militias starting from February 15. However, the DPR defence ministry said earlier that the situation in the republic had sharply deteriorated in the past days. The northern and western outskirts of Donetsk as well as its suburbs were targets of shelling increasing in the past month.
Along with this, the 13-point package of measures adopted in Minsk contains withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line disengaging the Kiev troops and militias of the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk, as well as measures on long-term political settlement in Donbass.