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Several villages in DPR left without power after shelling from Ukrainian army

January 27, 2016, 12:50 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The villages of Severny and Oktyabrsky were left without power

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© Valeriy Sharifulin

MOSCOW, January 27. /TASS/. Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled Donetsk’s Kuybyshevsky district at night leaving the village of Severny without electricity, a source in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) security agencies said on Wednesday.

"Yesterday [Ukrainian forces] opened fire at 10pm. They mostly shelled the territory of the mine. No one was injured. However, a cable was damaged, and boiler rooms were left without power," the source told Donetsk News Agency.

The source added that the village of Oktyabrsky on the northern outskirts of Donetsk was also left without power.

Ukrainian forces also shelled Zaytsevo village to the north of Gorlovka at night. As a result of the shelling, two houses burned down.

At the last meeting of the Contact Group on January 13 the sides supported the initiative of Russia’s envoy Boris Gryzlov on ensuring complete ceasefire on the territory of Donbass. This is the seventh attempt to fully observe the ceasefire regime in Ukraine’s south-east.

Ceasefire is envisaged by the Minsk accords signed on 12 February 2015, 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 also accords envisage 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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