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    A deputy military commander of DPR said no true ceasefire was reached in eastern Ukraine. Only within the last 24 hours positions held by the DPR self-defense forces came under fire 32 times, three people killed and three injured as a result.

    DONETSK (Sputnik) – De-facto, no true ceasefire has ever been reached in eastern Ukraine, a deputy commander of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic’s militia said Monday.

    Positions held by the DPR self-defense forces came under fire 32 times in the past 24 hours, Eduard Basurin said. Three militia members were killed and three injured as a result.

    “In general, sporadic fire at our positions has never ceased. The majority of such incidents take place near the city of Donetsk and in the south, where, de-facto, no ceasefire has ever been reached since the Minsk agreements came into force,” he told reporters.

    He called on the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) that had deployed a large group of monitors to the area to “immediately take all available measures to prevent provocations.”

    The republic's military spokesman also reiterated his appeal to Kiev-led forces to avoid steps that lead to the escalation of conflict.

    "We are confident these actions are a road to nowhere," Basurin said.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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    Donetsk People's Republic, ceasefire, Minsk agreement, OSCE, Eduard Basurin, Ukraine
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