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DPR reports Ukrainian military launch 200 mines overnight

July 03, 2016, 11:18 UTC+3 MOSCOW

The source said the Ukrainian military used IFVs, anti-tank guided missiles, grenade launchers and small arms

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MOSCOW, July 2. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military over the past night launched about 200 mines on suburbs of Donetsk, Gorlovka and southern villages of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), a source at the republic’s military bodies told the Donetsk News Agency on Sunday.

"Between 22:00 and 03:30, the Ukrainian military shelled suburbs of Yasinovataya, Dokuchayevsk, villages Trudovskiye and Staromikhailovka west of Donetsk, villages Zaitsevo and Shirokaya Balka near Gorlovka, villages Kominternovo and Leninskoye in the south," the source said. "The enemy launched the total of 192 mines of 82 and 120mm calibers."

The source said the Ukrainian military used IFVs, anti-tank guided missiles, grenade launchers and small arms.

On June 1, heads of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics Alexander Zakharchenko and Igor Plotnitsky announced collecting of signatures under a petition to the UN Security Council about the violations of the Minsk agreements, for which the Ukrainian side is responsible. The DPR head pointed to the continuing violations of the ceasefire regime and delays with the exchange of prisoners as it is stipulated by Minsk agreements on the "all for all" basis. LPR called for "attacking on the diplomatic field" to "make Poroshenko observe the obligations undertaken in Minsk." On June 25, DPR reported more than 260,000 people had signed the petition.

On April 29, the Contact Group for a settlement in eastern Ukraine agreed yet another full ceasefire in Donbass starting from the midnight of April 30. It is an eighth ceasefire agreement since the autumn of 2014. The sides however continue accusing each other of ceasefire violations.

The Package of Measures to fulfil the September 2014 Minsk agreements, known as Minsk-2, that was signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015, envisaged a ceasefire regime between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias in the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk (DPR and LPR) starting from February 15, 2015 and a subsequent withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of engagement. The deal also laid out a roadmap for a lasting settlement in Ukraine, including local elections and constitutional reform to give more autonomy to the war-torn eastern regions.

On June 17, Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration of Ukraine Konstantin Yeliseev told a press conference in Kiev advisors to the leaders of the "Normandy Quartet" agreed at the meeting in Minsk on June 15-16 to prepare a new summit in the "Normandy format" (Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany) on peaceful settlement of the Ukrainian conflict.

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