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Kiev military shell positions of Lugansk militia

March 13, 2016, 9:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Military used IFV equipment and automatic grenade launchers

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MOSCOW, March 13. /TASS/. The pro-Kiev military continued violating the ceasefire regime in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), the republic’s defense ministry told the LuganskInformCentre on Sunday.

They used IFV equipment and automatic grenade launchers, the ministry said.

"We have no losses," the militia 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.

A peace deal struck on February 12, 2015, in Minsk, Belarus, by the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany and France envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian forces and people’s militias starting from February 15, followed by withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of military engagement and prisoner release. The package of measures envisages the pullback of all heavy weapons by both parties to locations equidistant from the disengagement line in order to create a security zone at least 50 kilometers wide for artillery systems with a caliber of 100 mm or more, a zone of security 70 kilometers wide for multiple rocket launchers and a zone 140 kilometers wide for multiple rocket launchers Tornado-S, Uragan and Smerch and the tactical rocket systems Tochka-U. The final document says that the Ukrainian troops are to be pulled back away from the current line of engagement and the militias of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions, from the engagement line set by the Minsk Memorandum of September 19, 2014.

Despite the agreements, the DPR is being shelled regularly from the banned weapons, and the republic’s reconnaissance fixes positions of the Ukrainian equipment close to the engagement line.

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