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DONETSK, March 3. /TASS/. The Donetsk water purification plant came under fire by Ukrainian armed units on Friday evening, a source with the operations command of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said.
"Ukraine’s Armed Forces have just shelled the Donetsk water purification plant. Four impacts were registered and there is heavy smoke," the Donetsk news agency said citing the source. The fire was delivered from mortars and other small arms.
Earlier on Friday, demining efforts in the area nearby the Donetsk water purification plant had been indefinitely suspended amid incessant shelling by Ukrainian military.
On Thursday, representatives of the OSCE, Joint Center for Control and Coordination, Donbass Water company and emergencies agencies came to an agreement that on March 3 the DPR and Ukraine would conduct a joint inspection of the plant. Its territory was supposed to have been searched for explosive devises. Both parties to the conflict presented their guarantees of security. Nevertheless, the DPR defense agency said on Friday that Ukraine blocked the joint inspection. The plant is located between Avdeyevka and Yasinovataya and supplies water to settlements on both sides of the contact line: Donetsk, Yasinovataya, Vassilyevka and Spartak under the control of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, as well as Avdeyevka, Krasnogorovka and Verkhnetoretskoye, controlled by Kiev troops. The plant has been repeatedly shelled during the conflict.