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Ukrainian military launch 214 mines on DPR overnight

July 24, 2016, 11:48 UTC+3 DONETSK

"On these settlements they launched 45 shells of 122 mm caliber, 169 mines of 82 and 120 mm calibers", the source at the defense authorities said

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DONETSK, July 24. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military during the night to Sunday launched 214 mines and artillery shells on territory of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the Donetsk News Agency said on Sunday referring to sources at the defense authorities.

"Between 19:50 and 05:30, the Ukrainian side shelled Yasinovataya and Spartak, settlements Alexandrovka and Trudovskiye in western Donetsk, Dokuchayevsk, Sakhanka, Leninskoye, Kominternovo and Belaya Kamenka," the agency quoted the sources. "On these settlements they launched 45 shells of 122 mm caliber, 169 mines of 82 and 120 mm calibers." Over the previous 24 hours, the Ukrainian military opened fire 351 times on the DPR territories near the front line.

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zone have been repeatedly violating the truce, opening fire from mortars and tank weapons, which had to be withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.

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