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Kiev’s military open fire on Lugansk republic from IFV

March 12, 2016, 11:28 updated at: March 12, 2016, 11:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The fire was opened on the Lozovoye settlement

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MOSCOW, March 12. /TASS/. Kiev’s military opened fire on militia’s positions in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), LuganskInformCenter said on Saturday referring to the republic’s defense authority.

The fire was opened from IFV (infantry fighting vehicle) equipment on the Lozovoye settlement. Besides, from a 82-mm mortar the military opened fire on the Vesologorovka settlement, the militia said.

"No casualties," the militia said on Tuesday.

Headquarters of the punitive operation in Donbass, in their turn, claimed the self-proclaimed republics in Donbass are responsible for 75 cases of fire.

The military and militia of the self-proclaimed republics in Ukraine’s south-east have agreed several times a ceasefire regime in the conflict zone, but OSCE monitors are still fixing fire exchanges.

At the 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 was the seventh attempt to observe fully the ceasefire regime in Ukraine’s war-torn south-east.

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 leaders of Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine. The package of measures also envisages weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local election in Donbass, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein, said in a comment on the 13th report on Ukraine, the document shows that "the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine remains tenuous, with reported violations of the ceasefire, the continued occurrences of indiscriminate shelling and the presence of anti-personnel mines and remnants of war. Between 16 November 2015 and 15 February 2016, 78 conflict-related civilian casualties were recorded in eastern Ukraine, bringing the estimated casualty figures since the beginning of the conflict to more than 30,000 people, including at least 9,160 killed and 21,000 injured (figures include civilians as well as Ukrainian armed forces, and members of armed groups).

"The implementation of the Minsk Agreements is the only viable strategy for achieving a peaceful solution in certain areas of eastern Ukraine controlled by armed groups, which, in turn, is key for resolving the human rights crisis in Ukraine. This includes the restoration of effective control by the Government of Ukraine over the border with the Russian Federation and the withdrawal of foreign fighters, mercenaries and military equipment," the commissioner said.

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