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Kiev forces fire mortar shells at Donetsk airport

January 13, 11:17 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The forces used mortars with the caliber of 82 mm, grenade launchers and small arms, a source in the law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic says
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MOSCOW, January 13. /TASS/. Kiev troops shelled the territory of the embattled Donetsk airport on Wednesday morning, a source in the law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic has said.

"At around 8.00 a.m. Ukrainian military opened fire on the positions of the DPR armed forces in the airport," the source told the Donetsk news agency. The forces used mortars with the caliber of 82 mm, grenade launchers and small arms.

On Tuesday night, the Ukrainian forces carried out massive shelling in the village of Spartak near the Donetsk airport using mortars and tank guns. "They started shelling us late yesterday evening and the shelling continues," local citizens said.

Kiev troops also opened fire on the territory of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic, local militias told the LuganskInformCenter. "The shelling occurred on January 12 between 9.40 a.m. and 8.00 p.m." No casualties were reported.

On December 22, the Contact Group on peaceful settlement of conflict in Donbas agreed at the meeting in Minsk to "fully and unconditionally" observe the ceasefire regime since December 23. This is the sixth ceasefire declared since autumn 2014. However, Kiev forces continue shelling the territory of the self-proclaimed republics.

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