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Lugansk militias say Kiev forces violate ceasefire 8 times

LUGANSK, January 12. /TASS/. Ukraine’s forces shelled militia positions in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic eight times over the past 24 hours, the LPR militias said on Thursday.

An area of the Kalinovo village came under shelling four times from the direction of the Troitskoye village. "The fire was opened from armaments of infantry combat vehicles, ZU-23-2 anti-aircraft autocannons, mortars with the caliber of 82mm and an automatic grenade launcher," the militias said.

"The Kiev forces shelled an area of the Kalinovka village twice from the direction of the Luganskoye village using mortars and armaments of infantry combat vehicles with the caliber of 120mm and 82mm," a spokesman told the LuganskInformCenter.

The militias also said that the Kiev forces carried out mortar shelling of an area of the Frunze village from the direction of the Krymskoye village. The Ukrainian forces also shelled an area of a monument to Prince Igor from the direction of Stanitsa Luganskaya using infantry combat vehicles, automatic grenade launchers, rocket-propelled grenade launchers and small arms. The Contact Group agreed at its recent meeting in the Belarusian capital Minsk to establish "a comprehensive and stable ceasefire regime" as of midnight on December 24. This is the tenth attempt to observe the silence regime since the autumn of 2014. However, after several days of calm the number of shellings on the contact line increased already in early January.