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DPR: Ukrainian troops shell DPR settlements Spartak and Yasinovataya from heavy weapons

July 25, 2016, 22:58 UTC+3 DONETSK

Information about casualties is being verified

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DONETSK, July 25. /TASS/. The settlement of Spartak and neighborhoods of the city of Yasinovataya in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) came under heavy weapons shelling from Ukrainian troops, Eduard Basurin, spokesman for the DPR operations command, said on Monday.

"At about 21:00 local time, the Ukrainian side opened fire at the industrial zone near Yasinovataya and the settlement of Spartak. Fire was conducted from 122mm artillery systems, weapons of armored infantry carriers, grenade launchers and firearms," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. "As a result of shelling, one residential houses burned down in Spartak."

Information about casualties is being verified.

The Package of Measures to fulfil the September 2014 Minsk agreements, known as Minsk-2, that was signed in Minsk on February 12, 2015 after marathon talks of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) leaders envisaged a ceasefire between Ukrainian government forces and people’s militias in the self-proclaimed republics in Donetsk and Lugansk starting from February 15, 2015 and 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 April 29, the Contact Group for a settlement in eastern Ukraine agreed the 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 to accuse each other of ceasefire violation.

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