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Ukrainian military fire about 1,500 mines, shells on Donetsk Republic within one day

December 10, 2017, 10:37 UTC+3 DONETSK

Over the past 24 hour, the Ukrainian Armed Forces 43 times violated ceasefire in the republic

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DONETSK, December 9. /TASS/. Ukraine’s detachments over past 24 hours fired almost 1,500 mines and shells on compounds in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), the republic’s representative at the Joint Center for Ceasefire Control and Coordination Ruslan Yakubov said on Sunday.

"The total number of ammunition fired on the DPR’s territory is 1,472," the Donetsk news agency quoted him as saying. The most intensive fire was targeted at settlements in the Donetsk area, he added.

Over the past 24 hour, the Ukrainian Armed Forces 43 times violated ceasefire in the republic.

Since the fall of 2014, participants in the Contact Group on East Ukrainian settlement have announced about a dozen of ceasefire deals. On June 24, the so-called "harvest ceasefire" came into effect - it was expected to hold until the end of August. However, shelling incidents continued to happen.

On August 23, the Contact Group members declared a "back-to-school" ceasefire in Donbass starting from August 25. However, on that very day, defense authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk Republics reported that their territories had come under shelling from positions of the Ukrainian troops. Kiev, in turn, has been accusing the republics of violating the ceasefire.

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