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Civilian injured in shelling from Ukrainian military’s positions - agency

March 11, 2017, 14:05 UTC+3 DONETSK

The man received medical assistance, and now doctors call his condition stable

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DONETSK, March 11. /TASS/. A civilian was injured as the Ukrainian Armed Forces shelled Gorlovka night to Saturday, acting head of the local administration Ivan Prikhodko said on Saturday.

"Last night, a man born in 1957 got injured as the Ukrainian army opened fire," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him.

The man received medical assistance, and now doctors call his condition stable.

Five houses were damaged in Donetsk and Gorlovka, local administrations said.

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15, the Contact Group made another decision stipulating that all weapons banned by the Minsk agreements should be withdrawn from the line of contact by February 20.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, according to the self-proclaimed republics, Kiev has been hampering the implementation of this decision. The Ukrainian authorities, in turn, have been accusing the self-proclaimed republics of violating the ceasefire.

Since the autumn of 2014, members of the Contact Group on settling the situation in eastern Ukraine have announced ceasefires in Donbass more than ten times. However, the Ukrainian military have been repeatedly violating ceasefires, particularly using large caliber guns, mortars and tanks that should be withdrawn from the line of contact in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

At the recent meeting of the Contact Group, held on March 1, the parties agreed to resume the weapons withdrawal process on March 7. However, the Ukrainian military refused to begin withdrawal under pretext of insecurity in the region.

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