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LUGANSK, July 17. /TASS/. The pro-Kiev military over the past 24 hours, 7 times shelled positions of the people’s militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), including from the weapons, which should have been withdrawn from the line of engagement according to the Minsk peace agreements, the republic’s defense ministry told the LuganskInformCenter on Sunday.
"The Kalinovo settlement was shelled five times from positions in Novozvanovka from mortars of 82mm caliber and grenade launchers," the source said. "Under fire was Rayevka, Pervomaisk - from 82mm mortars in Popasnaya."
No losses have been reported in the Lugansk Republic.
Members of the Contact Group for the settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk on April 29 agreed on a complete ceasefire in Donbass starting from midnight on April 30. It is an eighth ceasefire agreement since the autumn of 2014. The sides however continue accusing each other of ceasefire violations.
Kiev’s security forces in the people’s militia responsibility zone have been repeatedly violating the truce, opening fire from mortars and tank weapons, which had to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.
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 news conference in Kiev that 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 the Ukrainian conflict’s peaceful settlement.