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

    Kiev forces have shelled northern Donetsk city in Ukraine’s southeast, several people were injured, local authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) report.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) – According to a Facebook post by Kuibyshevskyi District administration head Ivan Prikhodko, several residential buildings have been damaged in Donetsk and "two passenger buses are shattered at a bus stop."

    Prikhodko said that at least two people, a man and a woman, have been gravely injured and more information regarding those wounded in the shelling "is being verified."

    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.

    The Kuibyshevskyi District in the city of Donetsk came under shelling by Kiev forces in May, according to DPR.

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


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