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Ukrainian forces shell LPR territory from grenade launchers — people’s militia

January 28, 2016, 9:58 UTC+3 MOSCOW

No casualties or damages were registered after the shelling

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MOSCOW, January 28. /TASS/. Ukrainian forces shelled the territory of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic again on Wednesday, LPR people’s militia said on Thursday.

"At 11:15am on January 27, [Ukrainian forces] opened fire from AGS-17 [grenade launchers] at the Kalinovka settlement from the Luhanskoye village (near the dam)," Lugansk Inform Center quoted LPR people’s militia as saying.

"No casualties or damages were registered after the shelling," people’s militia noted.

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 Donbas. This is the seventh attempt to fully observe the ceasefire regime in Ukraine’s south-east.

At yesterday’s meeting of the Contact Group in Minsk the participants expressed regret over continuing violations of ceasefire regime in Donbas. OSCE Special Representative for Ukraine Martin Sajdik said that the sides discussed establishing a mechanism on preventing resumption of military actions in general.

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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