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Ukrainian troops shell DPR village from Grad multiple missile launcher systems — agency

December 02, 2016, 1:39 UTC+3 DONETSK

About 40 shells were fired

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DONETSK, December 2. /TASS/. Ukrainian troops shelled the village of Belaya Kamenka in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) from Grad multiple missile launcher systems, a spokesman for the DPR law enforcement agencies said on Thursday evening.

"At about 22:00 local time, Ukrainian troops opened fire at Belaya Kamenka from Grad multiple missile launcher systems," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

According to the spokesman, about 40 shells were fired in all. Information about casulaties and damages is being verified.

The DPR operations command said earlier on Thursday that a total of 1,308 episodes of shelling of DPR settlements by Ukrainian troops were reported during the day. Two civilians and one DPR serviceman were wounded.

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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