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Ukrainian military responsible for 25 violations of ceasefire regime - DPR

January 30, 16:54 UTC+3 MOSCOW
The military used artillery and 120mm mortars, 82mm mortars, infantry fighting vehicle, as well as grenade launchers and small arms
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MOSCOW, January 30. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military in the past 24 hours violated the ceasefire regime for 25 times in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) along the entire line of engagement, the republic’s defense ministry told the Donetsk News Agency on Saturday.

"The Ukrainian military opened fire 224 times on the territory of the republic during 25 violations of the ceasefire regime," the ministry said.

Under the fire was the area around the Donetsk airport, the Volvo Center, as well as Zhabichevo, Spartak, Alexandrovka, Zaitsevo, Golmovsky, Sakhanka and Kominternovo.

The military used artillery and 120mm mortars - 91 times, 82mm mortars - 109 times, IFV (infantry fighting vehicle) - 5 times, as well as grenade launchers and small arms, the defense ministry said.

Ukrainian troops have been engaged in fighting with local militias during Kiev’s punitive operation, underway since mid-April 2014, against the breakaway territories - the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics constituting parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.

The Package (Minsk-2) was signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarusian capital Minsk by participants of the Contact Group on settlement in Donbass. The Package, earlier agreed with the leaders of the Normandy Four (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine) envisioned an overwhelming cessation of fire and withdrawal of heavy armaments to create a security area in the region at least 50 kilometres wide.

In line with the agreement reached at talks in Minsk, from September 1, 2015 there should have been a complete cessation of fire at the disengagement line in Donbass. However, the Defence Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has registered an increased number of shelling instances over the past few months. At talks in Minsk on December 22, the Contact Group on settlement in Donbass reached a joint decision to establish from 00:00 December 23, 2015 a complete and unconditional ceasefire - the sixth since the conflict started.

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