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Militia source reports shelling of village near Donetsk

March 30, 9:49 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 30. /TASS/. A village near Donetsk has been shelled from artillery weapons with the caliber of 152 mm, a source in the law enforcement agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic said on Wednesday.

"Late on Tuesday, Ukraine’s forces shelled an area near the Mineralnoye village [near Yasinovataya] from artillery weapons," the source told the Donetsk news agency, adding that 13 shells of 152 mm caliber were fired.

Another 12 shells of 120 mm caliber were fired on the town of Yasinovataya. The positions of the Donetsk militias near a local roadblock also came under fire. Kiev forces fired 12 shells with caliber of 82 mm on the area. The Ukrainian troops also used infantry fighting vehicles during the shelling.

Kiev’s constant shelling of the Yasinovataya area has forced monitors of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to suspend patrol missions near the Donetsk water purification installation. On Tuesday, the outskirts of the Yasinovataya area were again shelled.

 A source also reported shelling of a village in the Novoazovsky district in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk republic. 

"The Ukrainian side opened fire on the Sakhanka village at around 10.20 p.m. (07.20 p.m. GMT) on Tuesday ," the source told the Donetsk news agency, adding that the shelling lasted for around an hour.

The shelling was carried out from the Shirokino village on the contact line with the use of mortars with the caliber of 82 and 120 mm. The Kiev forces fired a total of 10 shells.

Last summer Kiev forces’ shellings destroyed more than 30 houses in the Sakhanka village, located near Shirokino. A local school building was also damaged and gas and electricity supplies were partly cut off. Several local citizens were killed and wounded by shells.

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