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Ukrainian military launch 20 mines on Donetsk suburbs, shell LPR again — media

April 04, 9:36 UTC+3 MOSCOW
According to the source, the fire on the DPR positions was delivered from positions of the Ukrainian military near Avdeyevka
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MOSCOW, April 4. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military launched about 20 mines on the Spartak settlement and on the airport area in Donetsk northern suburbs, a source at defense bodies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) told the Donetsk News Agency on Monday.

"The Ukrainian side opened fire on Spartak at about 21:30, and at about that time they also opened fire on territory of the former airport," the source said. "Thus, they launched two mines of 120mm caliber and 18 mines of 82mm caliber."

The source said the fire on the DPR positions was delivered from positions of the Ukrainian military near Avdeyevka. Information about the injured or damages is being verified now.

Besides, the people’s militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) reported the pro-Kiev military had opened fire on the republic. The military used automatic guns to fire from the Luganskaya village, aiming at the monument to Prince Igor.

"No losses have been reported," the LuganskInformCenter said.

At a meeting of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Ukraine’s south east, on January 13, the parties agreed yet another ceasefire would begin on January 14, however the militia and the military continue accusing each other of truce violations.

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.

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