DONETSK, February 25. /TASS/. The Trudovskiye settlement in the Petrovsky District located along the line of contact in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has been left without power as a result of the Ukrainian military’s shelling, district administration head Maksim Zhukovsky said.
"The Trudovskiye settlement is left without power because a cable has been cut," the Donetsk news agency quoted him as saying.
In late January, the situation along the line of contact in Donbass deteriorated, the number of shelling attacks dramatically increased. The number of destroyed buildings has been growing, there have been reports of civilian deaths. On February 1, members the Contact Group on settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine held a meeting in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, demanding that hostilities in Donbass be stopped, weapons and military hardware be withdrawn from the line of contact area by February 5. However, the Ukrainian military did implement the decisions of the Contact Group.
On February 15, the Contact Group made another decision stipulating that all weapons banned by the Minsk agreements should be withdrawn from the line of contact by February 20. Foreign ministers of the four member states of the Normandy Quartet (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine) upheld this initiative at a meeting that took place on February 18. However, Kiev has been hampering the implementation of this decision.