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DPR reports shelling of Donetsk suburb, Sakhanka village by Ukraine forces

April 10, 2016, 9:25 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The information about casualties or damage is currently being ascertained

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MOSCOW, April 10. /TASS/. Kiev’s security forces opened fire overnight on a suburb of Donetsk and the Novoazovsky district of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the DPR security agencies told the Donetsk News Agency on Sunday.

"Units of the enemy shelled during the night the Spartak settlement from 122-mm artillery weapons. The settlement’s shelling started at around midnight," said the source, adding that fire was also opened from tank weapons and 82-mm caliber mortars from the Ukrainian armed forces’ positions in the area of Avdeyevka.

In addition, the Sakhanka village in the Novoazovsky district in the south of DPR came under fire. "Shelling of the Sakhanka village resumed at 23:40 (Saturday). A total of 25 shells of 82-mm caliber were fired on it," the DPR security agencies said.

The information about casualties or damage is currently being ascertained.

At a meeting of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Ukraine’s southeast, 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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