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DONETSK, May 6. /TASS/. The Ukrainian armed forces have fired 628 munitions at the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) over the past 24 hours, Eduard Basurin, a spokesman for the DPR operations command, said on Saturday.
"The republic’s territory was shelled with grenade launchers, tanks, mortars, with various types of small arms extensively used," the Donetsk News Agency quotes him as saying.
According to Basurin, the most intense shelling was recorded in Donetsk’s Petrovsky and Kirovsky districts, Dokuchayevsk, Yasinovataya, the village of Spartak and the airport area.
Earlier in the day, the DPR operations command reported that the Ukrainian armed forces had violated the ceasefire 54 times within the previous 24 hours shelling 16 inhabited localities in the DPR. A pregnant woman was wounded by shelling in western Donetsk. Medics said they had been unable to save her baby’s life.
Members of the Contact Group on the settlement in eastern Ukraine reached an agreement on a ceasefire as of April 1 at a meeting in Minsk on March 29. At the April 12 meeting, the parties reiterated their commitment to the Easter truce, which was to come into effect at 10am Moscow Time on April 13. However, ceasefire violations persist.