DONETSK, January 19 (Sputnik) – The self-proclaimed eastern Ukrainian Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has blamed Kiev for breaching the ceasefire and attacking Donetsk, and has called on the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) to force Kiev to fulfill the Minsk agreements, the republic’s leader said Monday.
“We see quite well now that Ukraine has breached the ceasefire and attacked. We haven’t come under such [intense] artillery fire that we’ve seen in the last 48 hours,” the republic’s press center quoted Alexander Zakharchenko as saying.
Earlier in the day, the DPR stated that approximately 200 people had been killed and injured during the past 24 hours of heavy fighting initiated by Kiev forces.
Over the weekend, Kiev shelled populated areas on eastern Ukraine’s Donetsk and Luhansk, according to local militia.
A conflict in the eastern Ukrainian Donbas region first erupted in April 2014, after Kiev launched a military operation against local independence supporters, who labeled the government that came to power in the country after a February coup illegitimate.
OSCE monitors have been deployed in southeastern Ukraine since March. They are closely watching the situation in the conflict regions, and numerous ceasefire violations by both sides have been reported.