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Ukrainian military target fire at Yasinovataya, Gorlovka - authorities

March 19, 12:30 UTC+3 DONETSK

Head of the Donetsk Petrov region Maxim Zhukovsky said 15 electricity substations remain idle after the shelling

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DONETSK, March 19. /TASS/. The Ukrainian Armed Forces on Saturday evening and Sunday morning shelled Yasinovataya, Zaitsevo north of Gorlovka, Luganskoye, Signalnoye and Elenovka, the local authorities told the Donetsk News Agency on Sunday.

"Last night, the Ukrainian military were shelling heavily from mortars suburbs of Yasinovataya, and the roof of the local chlorine station was damaged," Yasinovataya’s official said.

On Sunday morning, the military targeted mass shelling on Zaitsevo.

"In the morning, at 6:30 we were shelled, one house damaged in Zaitsevo," acting head Ivan Prikhodko said, adding under fire was also Dolomitnoye, where shells destroyed two houses.

Head of the Donetsk Petrov region Maxim Zhukovsky said 15 electricity substations remain idle after the shelling. "Luganskoye and Signalnoye are in blackout, repairing has begun," he said. Without electricity also remain settlements Elenovka and Naberezhnoye in the south of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

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have been repeatedly violating ceasefires, particularly using large caliber guns, mortars and tanks that should be withdrawn from the line of contact in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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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