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MOSCOW, January 31. /TASS/. Forty-three ceasefire violations by Ukrainian troops have been reported in the past day, a spokesman for the defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said on Sunday.
"Ukrainian troops opened fire at the republic’s territory 124 times in 43 episodes of ceasefire violation," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.
According to the DPR defense ministry, Ukrainian troops shelled the area around the former Donetsk airport, including the Volvo Center, the settlements of Zhabichevo and Spartak, and the villages of Staromikhailovka and Trudovskiye in Donetsk’s western suburbs, as well as the settlement of Signalnoye south of Donetsk, the settlement of Zaitsevo in Gorlovka’s northern suburb and Gagarin mines in Gorlovka. Fire was open from 120mm and 82mm mortars, armored vehicles, grenade launchers and firearms.
"The Ukrainian side continues to use banned weapons from its positions in the buffer zone. Casualties and damages are specified in the settlement of Sakhanka," the spokesman said.
The Package of Measures to fulfil the September 2014 Minsk agreements, known as Minsk-2, that was signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015 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.