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    Moscow Concerned Over Resumption of Populated Areas Shelling in Donetsk

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    Moscow is concerned over the resumption of full-scale military actions in eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk, Kremlin spokesman said Sunday.

    MOSCOW, January 18 (Sputnik) — Moscow is concerned over the recent shelling of populated areas in Donetsk and the resumption of military actions in eastern Ukrainian Donbas region, Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Sunday.

    “Of course, Russian point of view will be expressed. We are of course concerned with the fact that full-scale military actions resumed in Donetsk, and shelling of populated areas of the city takes place. And, no doubt, this state of things does not contribute to the implementation of the Minsk agreements and to the search of ways to reach settlement,” Peskov told Govorit Moskva (“Moscow Speaks”) radio station.

    Earlier in the day, Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) representatives told RIA Novosti that Kiev forces continued shelling of populated areas in the center of Donetsk, several civilians were injured. Shelling took place on Saturday as well.

    DPR head Alexander Zakharchenko said Sunday that shelling carried out using Grad and Uragan missiles was a Kiev’s attempt to “unleash a war” once again.

    The internal conflict in eastern Ukraine erupted in April, when Kiev forces launched a military operation against independence supporters in the country's eastern regions, who refused to recognize the legitimacy of a new government that came to power following a February coup.

    On September 5, the opposing sides reached a ceasefire agreement at a Contact Group meeting in Minsk. The provisions for the ceasefire implementation were agreed on during the next round of Minsk talks that took place on September 19. However, since then both sides have been accusing each other of violating the truce.

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