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Journalists, LPR envoys to JCCC come under shelling by Ukrainian troops

The group was documenting the consequences of the morning shelling

LUGANSK, February 8. /TASS/. Journalists and representatives of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic to the Joint Control and Coordination Center (JCCC) came under shelling by the Ukrainian military near Zolotoye, LPR militia spokesman Andrei Marochko said on Friday.

On February 8, pro-Kiev forces opened fire on the settlements of Maryevka and Mikhailovka near Zolotoye damaging residential buildings, an electric transmission line and a gas pipeline. Afterwards, Ukraine’s Armed Forces shelled emergency teams repairing the damaged transmission tower near Zolotoye-5.

"A group of journalists and a group from the JCCC, who were documenting the consequences of the morning shelling, came under shelling as well," the Lugansk news agency said citing Marochko as saying. "There were no immediate reports about casualties."

On December 29, 2018, a new ceasefire came into force in Donbass on the eve of the New Year and Christmas period. The ceasefire had been negotiated by the Contact Group seeking a peace solution to the Donbass conflict a day before. Nevertheless, Ukraine’s Armed Forces has not stopped shelling the self-proclaimed republics of Donetsk and Lugansk.

Since the outbreak of hostilities in Donbass, the sides have reached 20 ceasefire agreements, but none of them has turned into a lasting truce.