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DPR defense ministry reports over 100 episodes of shelling by Ukrainian troops in past day

March 22, 16:46 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the DPR defense ministry spokesman, Ukrainian troops used 120mm and 82mm mortars, various types of grenade launchers and firearms
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MOSCOW, March 22. /TASS/. As many as 115 episodes of shelling by Ukrainian troops were reported in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in the past day, a spokesman for the DPR defense ministry said on Tuesday.

"A total of 115 episodes of shelling by Ukrainian troops were reported in the past day," the spokesman told the Donetsk News Agency.

According to the spokesman, Ukrainian troops used 120mm and 82mm mortars, various types of grenade launchers and firearms.

Most intensive shelling was reported in the DPR-controlled districts of the settlement of Zaitsevo near Gorlovka, in the settlement of Spartak, in the vicinity of the Volvo Center, Donetsk’s former airports and northern and western suburbs of Donetsk. Apart from that, the cities of Dokuchayevsk and Yasinovataya, and the villages of Kominternovo and Bezymennoye in DPR’s southern parts came under Ukrainian shelling.

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, 2015 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, 2016, the Trilateral Contact Group meeting in the Belarusian capital city Minsk agreed on yet another, the seventh, ceasefire in Donbass from January 14. The sides however continue to accuse each other of ceasefire violation.

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