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    Donbass: Ukrainian Sniper Opens Fire at Construction Workers Near Horlivka

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    The Ukrainian sniper opened fire at construction workers in the area around the Maiorsk checkpoint near the city of Horlivka, located in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR), the acting head of the city administration said on Wednesday.

    DONETSK (Sputnik) — The official said that the sniper opened fire when six construction workers were in the area. No one was hurt in the shelling, the official added.

    "There were exactly four bullets, according to the marks on the building. Thank God no one was shot. But it is obvious that the Ukrainian side is trying to breach the ceasefire by all means and arranges regular provocations," the spokesman added.

    A military conflict in Ukraine has been ongoing since 2014, after the residents of Donbass refused to recognize the new Ukrainian government that had come to power in what they perceived to be a coup. In February 2015, the parties to the Ukrainian conflict signed the Minsk peace accords in an effort to end the fighting in the crisis-torn region.

    However, the hostilities have not ceased and the conflicting sides continue to accuse one another of violating the truce. According to the latest UN data, more than 10,000 people have died in the conflict.

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