Kiev forces shell DPR before the beginning of the ceasefire

 
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1 July
09:28

Kiev forces shell DPR before the beginning of the ceasefire

The outskirts of the town of Gorlovka in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) were shelled by Ukrainian troops on Saturday evening, hours before a ceasefire was to take effect in the area, a DPR official said.

"Shelling from positions held by the Armed Forces of Ukraine was registered in the following areas: Zhovanka-Zaytsevo and Shumy-Gorlovka, the Donetsk News Agency quoted Head of the DPR mission to the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Ruslan Yakubov as saying.

The first shelling took place between 19:40 and 20:15 Moscow time. Another took place between 22:45 and 23:15 Moscow time, less than an hour before the beginning of the ceasefire, which is due to take effect at 00:01 Moscow time on July 1.

The Contact Group for the Settlement of the Conflict in East Ukraine agreed a new ceasefire at its meeting in Minsk on June 27. The parties pledged to halt the hostilities from July 1 due to the start of a harvesting season.

Another self-proclaimed Ukrainian republic, the Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), also said it was shelled ahead of the ceasefire

 

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