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Militants violated "Christmas truce", starting shelling of Ukrainians' positions

The fire was conducted near Pavlopil and Stanytsia Luhanska
22:23, 25 December 2017

Facebook ATO press center

Militants violated the regime of silence in Donbas, firing on the position of Ukrainian forces near Pavlopil from 120-mm mortars. This is reported by the press center of the Donbas conflict headquarters on its Facebook page.

"Today, around 7 p.m., the militants violated the Minsk agreements roughly, using 120 mm mortars attacking the defense fortifications of the Ukrainian forces in the Pavlopil area. And five mines were fired at the Ukrainian positions from the temporarily occupied Sosnovske settlement," the headquarters said.

The Ukrainian side adds that such treacherous acts of Russian mercenaries testify to the interest in further aggravation of the conflict and reluctance to observe the ceasefire.

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As the speaker of the press center said on air 112 Ukraine, about 9 p.m. another shelling by militants was conducted nearby Stanytsa Luhanska.

We recall that since midnight on December 23, a new, pre-holiday truce entered into forcein the Donbas conflict zone. The parties agreed on it during the meeting of the Tripartite Contact Group in Minsk on December 20. At the same time, the sides reaffirmed their commitment to the Minsk agreements.

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