MOSCOW, February 7. /TASS/. Ukraine’s military over the past 24 hours opened fire on territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the Donetsk News Agency said on Sunday referring to the republic’s defense ministry.
"The Ukrainian military opened 40 times fire on the territory of DPR," the ministry said.
Under fire were settlements Alexandrovka, Zhabunki, Spartak, the area around the Volvo Center and the Donetsk airport. The pro-Kiev military used 82mm mortars, grenade launchers and small arms.
"The losses among the civilians demonstrate clearly the punitive forces are targeting not at military positions, but at houses, so that to provoke the republic’s forces to respond," the defense ministry said.
On Saturday, a man died of injuries and a 9 year-old girl got injured.
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 kilometers 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 Defense Ministry of the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has registered an increased number of shelling instances over the past few months.
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.