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    Kiev Forces Shell Donetsk City

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    Ukrainian forces have shelled the Kuibyshevskyi District of the city of Donetsk in the southeast of the country, the Donetsk News Agency reports citing a source in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR).

    DONETSK (Sputnik) – According to the source, the shelling was conducted from a local village. At least a dozen shells were fired, but there was no immediate information on damages or casualties.

    A destroyed house in Donetsk
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    A destroyed house in Donetsk

    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.

    After independence referendums held in May 2014, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) were established.

    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.

    Despite the Minsk peace deal, ceasefire violations continue in Ukraine, with both sides having accused each other of conducting multiple shellings.

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