Ceasefire Regime Established Between Kiev, Donbass Militia in East Ukraine

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DPR militiamen on demarcation line - Sputnik International
The self-proclaimed republics in eastern Ukraine established the regime of cessation of hostilities in Donbass at 08:00 GMT on Sunday, Donetsk People’s Republic's (DPR) Deputy Defense Minister Eduard Basurin told reporters.

DONETSK (Sputnik) – He pointed out that the ceasefire regime was respected.

"Now the initiative on the ceasefire across the contact line since 11:00 a.m. [local time] works. That is our joint initiative with the LPR [Lugansk People’s Republic]. We proposed to stop shelling via representatives in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination [JCCC]," Basurin said.

"We will see whether Ukraine would manage to control radicals," Basurin added.

Since late January, the conflict in eastern Ukraine between local militia and Kiev authorities has escalated in Avdiivka and Yasynuvata towns near Donetsk, with Kiev forces and Donbass militia accusing each other of being responsible for the escalation of fighting.

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Russian authorities have repeatedly voiced concern over the escalation. Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said earlier in February that Moscow had reliable data that the Ukrainian independent armed groups, supported by the Ukrainian Armed Forces' artillery, were behind the attack on Avdiivka.

Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize new Ukrainian authorities, which had come to power as a result of what was recognized by many people as a coup.

In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital of Minsk. Despite the fact that the deal stipulates a full ceasefire in Donbass, violations both on the part of Kiev forces and local militia have been reported.

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