– Kiev Forces Fire Mortars, Shell LPR, DPR Targets – Donbas Militia (Sputnik, Feb 15, 2015):
Despite the official beginning of a ceasefire in Donbas, Kiev forces started firing mortars and shelling the positions of the independence supporters of the self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR).
DONETSK (Sputnik) —The leader of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), Alexander Zakharchenko has called an emergency meeting Sunday regarding the violation of silence regime in Donbas by Kiev forces, the deputy head of DPR militia said.
“The head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko has called an emergency meeting at which the current situation is being discussed,” Eduard Basurin said.
Eduard Basurin said that at 02:00 (February 14, 23:00 GMT) armed groups of Kiev militants in the town of Debaltseve have opened fire targeting the positions of LPR and DPR.
“In order to avoid civilian casualties, the units of DPR are targeting enemy’s weaponry,” Basurin said.
According to the DPR militia press service, Kiev forces are currently also shelling the areas around the towns of Yenakiyevo and Horlivka in the Donetsk region and the areas around the Donetsk airport.
In accordance with the new Minsk agreements, the ceasefire between Kiev forces and independence supporters of Donbas came in force at midnight, local time on February 15 (February 14, 10:00 p.m. GMT).
Minutes before midnight, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko ordered Kiev forces to cease fire in Ukraine’s southeast.
Earlier on Sunday, Eduard Basurin announced that at midnight all the units of the DPR militia have ceased hostilities along the contact line in Donbas.