17 March 2020, 18:30


Four houses damaged as Kiev forces shell Donetskiy - JCCC

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LUGANSK, March 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) - Kiev forces shelled the Donetskiy township on Tuesday damaging four houses, the Lugansk People’s Republic Office at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) reported.

“At 4:20 p.m.on March 17, 2020, the ceasefire was violated by Ukrainian armed formations in the Novotoshkovskoye settlement area as they fired ten 82mm mortars at the Donetskiy township in the LPR damaging four houses,” the report said.

The strikes damaged windows of the house at 11 Gorkogo Street, utility sheds at 19 Gorkogo Street and windows of the house at 15 Gorkogo Street; the roof of a utility shed took a direct hit at 21 Gorkogo Street.

As of now, no civilian casualties have been reported, the JCCC said.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire more than 20 times since the autumn of 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large calibre artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 17 March — Lugansk