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    The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic in Ukraine’s southeast has accused Kiev forces of shelling the Donetsk Airport.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in Ukraine’s southeast (Donbass) has accused Kiev forces of shelling the Donetsk Airport, despite the Minsk ceasefire deal.

    "The shelling started after 21:30 [local time on Friday, or 18:30 GMT]," a DPR representative told journalists on Saturday.

    Meanwhile Kiev forces have accused Donbass militia of shelling their positions seven times in the past 24 hours, according to a Facebook statement posted by the press center of Kiev’s military operation in Donbass on Saturday.

    Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a coup.

    The Donetsk Airport was one of the hotspots of violence at the start of 2015.

    In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, a weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, an all-for-all prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics in the southeast.


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