LUGANSK, March 26. /TASS/. The Ukrainian military three times opened fire on the militia’s positions in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) over the past 24 hours, the republic’s defense authority said on Sunday.
"Under fire were settlements Donetsky, Kalinovka and Krutaya Gora," the Lugansk information center quoted the authority’s report. "The military used 122mm artillery, 120 and 82mm mortars, weapons of infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms."
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have been repeatedly violating ceasefires, particularly using large caliber guns, mortars and tanks that should be withdrawn from the line of contact in accordance with the Minsk agreements.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.