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Shooting Halted in Ukraine’s Donetsk Region, Continues Around Luhansk: DPR

© REUTERS / Maxim ZmeyevA ball is seen near a crater caused by shelling at a school's soccer field in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, November 6, 2014
A ball is seen near a crater caused by shelling at a school's soccer field in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, November 6, 2014 - Sputnik International
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The headquarters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic said that fighting in the west of the Luhansk region continues though shooting in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, which continued throughout Friday, halted.

DONETSK, November 8 (RIA Novosti) – Shooting in Ukraine's eastern Donetsk region, which continued throughout Friday, has subsided, but fighting continues in the Luhansk region, the headquarters of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) told RIA Novosti Saturday night.

"Shootings resumed around one of the checkpoints at the entrance to Nikishino on Friday. There is one person wounded from the militia side," a representative from the headquarters said, adding that the fighting subsided by the end of the day.

However, fighting continues in the west of the Luhansk region, where Kiev forces are shooting at militia positions and residential areas, the representative said.

"There are casualties among the civilian population, the exact number of victims is being determined," the representative added.

In mid-April, Kiev authorities launched a military operation against independence supporters in eastern Ukraine. The conflicting sides reached a ceasefire agreement at a September 5 meeting of the trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine in Minsk. A memorandum specifying the implementation of the ceasefire was adopted at another Contact Group meeting on September 19.

Both sides have subsequently accused each other of violating the truce. The special monitoring mission deployed in the conflict-torn regions by the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) continues to report instances of shelling.

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