MOSCOW, April 26. /TASS/. Ukrainian forces shelled the territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) from mortars last night, a source in DPR’s law enforcement agencies said on Tuesday.
"The enemy fired 41 mines of 82mm caliber at the settlements of Trudovskoye, Zaytsevo, outskirts of Yasinovataya, and Sakhanka. Shellings started at 9pm and ended only by 4am," Donetsk News Agency quoted the source as saying.
Kiev forces opened fire from their positions in Maryinka, Zhovanka, Avdeyevka and Shirokino, the source noted adding that they used mortars, grenade launchers and small arms.
At the meeting of the Contact Group at the start of January the sides supported the initiative of Russia’s envoy Boris Gryzlov on ensuring complete ceasefire on the territory of Donbass. This is the seventh attempt to fully observe the ceasefire regime in Ukraine’s south-east. At recent meetings of the Contact Group in Minsk the participants expressed regret over continuing violations of ceasefire regime in Donbass.
Ceasefire is envisaged by the Minsk accords signed on 12 February 2015, after negotiations in the so-called "Normandy format" in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko. The package of measures also envisages weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local election in Donbass, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.