Diplomats on Russia's ambassador to UN's death: 'Tremendous loss for all of us'World February 20, 21:58
Putin offers condolences over UN Ambassador Vitaly Churkin’s deathRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 21:21
Russia’s Foreign Ministry lost outstanding diplomat — spokeswoman on UN envoy’s deathRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 20:54
Russia's ambassador to UN Vitaly Churkin diesRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 20:24
Antimonopoly service orders Apple to open official service center in Russia by May 1Business & Economy February 20, 20:18
Russian experts made no firm conclusions on resumption of flights to Egypt in near futureBusiness & Economy February 20, 20:03
Foreign Ministry elaborates draft presidential decree toughening North Korea sanctionsRussian Politics & Diplomacy February 20, 19:56
Russia and UAE to discuss upgrade of Pantsyr-S antiaircraft missile/gun systemsMilitary & Defense February 20, 18:26
Russia signs large contract on delivery of T-90MS main battle tanks to Middle EastMilitary & Defense February 20, 18:13
MOSCOW, January 9. /TASS/. Kiev forces have shelled the Zaytsevo settlement in Gorlovka’s north in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) injuring one person, a source in DPR’s law enforcement said on Saturday.
"Ukrainian forces started shelling the Zaytsevo village around 11:30am. A local resident was injured on the Popov Street," Donetsk News Agency quoted the source as saying.
The source added that self-defense forces are trying to transport the injured woman from the zone subjected to shelling as fire continues. According to the source, Ukrainian forces are shelling the village from their positions in the Zhovanka settlement from anti-aircraft guns, automatic mounted grenade launchers and small arms.
On December 22 the Contact Group on peaceful settlement of conflict in Donbass agreed at the meeting in Minsk to "fully and unconditionally" observe the ceasefire regime since 12am on December 23.
However, over the last weeks DPR defense ministry registered the growing number of shellings near Gorlovka and in Donetsk’s northern and western outskirts. Deputy Chief Monitor of the Special Monitoring Mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) Alexander Hug said that Donetsk’s outskirts and Gorlovka remain the "hot spots" on the contact line in Donbass.
The Minsk accords were signed on February 12 last year, 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 Pyotr 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 Lugansk republics have repeatedly accused each other of violating ceasefire and other points of the Minsk agreements.