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About 50 artillery shells fired by Ukrainian troops at DPR territories - Basurin

November 13, 2016, 17:55 UTC+3 DONETSK

Ukrainian troops continues shelling of territories of the self-proclaimed DPR, including from weapons banned by the Minsk agreement, during past day, a spokesman for the DPR operations command said

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DONETSK, November 13. /TASS/. Ukrainian troops continues shelling of territories of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), including from weapons banned by the Minsk agreement, during past day, Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the DPR operations command, said on Sunday.

"The situation in the Donetsk People’s Republic continues to deteriorate," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying. "As a result of artillery shelling by Ukrainian troops, three DPR servicemen were wounded."

According to the DPR command, during the past day, a total of 1,089 ceasefire violations by Ukrainian troops were reported. As many as 45 artillery shells and 430 mines were fired at the DPR territories. Apart from that, Ukrainian troops used weapons of armored vehicles, grenade launchers and other types of firearms.

Shelling was conducted at Donetsk’s western suburbs, the city of Dokuchayevsk, Gorlovka’s and Yasinovataya’s suburbs and villages in the south of the DPR. Three houses were damanged in the settlements of Sakhanka and Staromikhailovka, and in Donetsk’s Petrovsky district.

On August 26, the parties to the Contact Group for settling the armed civil conflict in eastern Ukraine made a yet another, ninth, attempt to attain ceasefire. The agreement they reached suggests the ceasefire takes effect as of September 1. However the security situation in Donbass has not visibly improved, with the parties continuing to exchange accusations 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.

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