Ukrainian military shells a maintenance team in the DPR with prohibited weaponry

19.02.2021, Kiev.

Ukrainian servicemen shelled Golmovsky village on the contact line in the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) with 120 mm mortar shells, a DPR representative at the Joint Centre for Ceasefire Control and Coordination (JCCCC) informed on February 19.

The representative said that the military began shelling at 7.55 a.m. (Moscow time zone), the fire came from the direction of Zaytsevo village in the Donetsk People’s Republic, the northern part of which is occupied by the Ukrainian military. The Ukrainian army opened fire on Golmovsky village, where a maintenance team was working at the time to restore power supply.

After a brief lull, at 07.58 a.m. (Moscow time zone), the Ukrainian soldiers repeated their shelling of Golmovsky village. Both times they fired ten 120mm mortar shells, which are prohibited by the Minsk agreements.

“Ukrainian armed groups heavily shelled the village using heavy weapons twice, firing a total of 20 mines of 120mm caliber, thus jeopardizing the further conduct of the mentioned works,” the statement reads.

The representative said that the maintenance work was agreed with the command of the Ukrainian troops and the international mediators in the OSCE. The maintenance team was restoring the power supply to the southern part of Zaytsevo village, which was liberated by the units of the DPR People’s Militia.

A representative of the DPR People’s Militia said that the northern part of Zaitsevo village was occupied by the 35th Ukrainian Marine Brigade’s units. Soldiers of the brigade more often than other Ukrainian army’s units violate the ceasefire on the contact line.

The JCCCC observers reported that the Ukrainian military shelled the DPR towns and villages four times on February 18. The Ukrainian army shelled the towns and villages with 82mm mortars, fired 23 mortar shells, and fired a total of 76 rounds of various ammunition.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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