MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. The Ukrainian armed forces over the past 24 hours three times shelled positions of the people’s militia in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), the republic’s defense ministry said on Sunday.
"The fire came from the Luganskoye settlement on the Kalinovka settlement," the militia told the LuganskInformCenter agency. "They used mortars of 82mm caliber, automatic mounted grenade launchers AGS and equipment of IFV."
No victims have been reported.
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.