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Ukrainian military violate ceasefire in Donetsk Republic — ministry

April 24, 2016, 16:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Most intensive shelling was registered in Gorlovka, Zaitsevo, Dokuchayevsk, Trudovskiye, and Sakhanka

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MOSCOW, April 24. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military 305 times over past 24 hours delivered strikes on territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the republic’s defense ministry told the Donetsk News Agency on Sunday.

"Over the past 24 hours, the Ukrainian armed forces 305 times opened fire on the republic’s territory," the source said. "The ceasefire regime was violated 37 times."

The Ukrainian side launched 258 mines from mortars of 82 and 120mm calibers, five 152mm artillery shells. They also used IFV equipment, grenade launchers and small arms.

Most intensive shelling was registered in Gorlovka, Zaitsevo, Dokuchayevsk, Trudovskiye, and Sakhanka.

"We have forwarded all the information on the Minsk agreements breaches to representatives of the Joint Coordination Center for Ceasefire Monitoring and to the OSCE Mission," the ministry’s representative 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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