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Ukrainian military shell Donetsk airport, Kominternovo settlement

February 06, 2016, 12:43 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The shelling was delivered from 82 and 120mm mortars

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MOSCOW, February 6. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military shelled on Friday the Donetsk airport and the Kominternovo settlement near the line of engagement, the Donetsk News Agency reported on Saturday.

"The shelling was both late in the evening and at night; window glasses were broken, people are sheltering in basements," head of the local district Oleg Morgun told the news agency. He supposed the shelling was delivered from 82 and 120mm mortars.

The defense ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) reported the Ukrainian military violated 14 times the ceasefire regime in the republic over the past 24 hours. The Ukrainian forces shelled the northern and western suburbs of Donetsk, using mortars, outlawed by the Minsk peace accords.

At the recent 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 observe fully the ceasefire regime in Ukraine’s south-east. At the Contact Group’s meeting in Minsk, the parties expressed regret over continuing violations of the ceasefire regime in Donbass. 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 Pyotr Poroshenko. The Minsk accords also envisage weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local elections in Donbass, a constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishment of working sub-groups on security, political, economic and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

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