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Two civilians wounded in shelling by Ukrainian troops in Zaitsevo

January 24, 17:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The deal also laid out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions
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MOSCOW, January 24. /TASS/. Two civilians were wounded as Ukrainian troops shelled the settlement of Zaitsevo north of Gorlovka, Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, said on Sunday.

"At 12:05 local time, Ukrainian troops opened fire presumably from a grenade launcher. Two civilians, a woman, 57, and her 15-year-old granddaughter, were wounded," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising senior representatives from Russia, Ukraine and the European security watchdog OSCE on February 12, 2015, signed a 13-point Package of Measures to fulfil the September 2014 Minsk agreements. The package was agreed with the leaders of the Normandy Four, namely Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine.

The Package of Measures, known as Minsk-2, envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias in the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk starting from February 15 and subsequent withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of engagement. The deal also laid out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions.

On January 13, the Trilateral Contact Group meeting in the Belarusian capital city Minsk supported the initiative of Russia’s new chief negotiator Boris Gryzlov on yet another, the seventh, ceasefire in Donbass from 00:00 on January 14. However Ukrainian troops reportedly continue to violate ceasefire and the Contact Group stated at its regular meeting on January 20 that the ceasefire regime was not observed and the situation in Donbass had deteriorated.

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