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Ukraine accuses separatists of violating ceasefire 24 times.

MOSCOW, April 17 (KUNA) -- Ukrainian forces accused on Friday separatists of violating ceasefire 24 times in the past 24 hours. The accusations made by Ukraine's Defense Ministry Center in a statement, quoted by Ukraine news agency. The center said that despite the obligation to withdraw heavy weapons as stipulated in the February 12 Minsk Agreement, pro-Russian separatists have attacked soldiers with 152 mm, 122 mm and 120 mm heavy-caliber weapons. The statement added the attacks had targeted Ukrainian soldiers near the villages of Peski, Avdeevka, Opitnoe, Volonvoha, Sokolniki and Mariinki villages. Meanwhile, Russia state television accused Ukrainian forces of shelling a number of towns and villages under civil self defence forces, using artillery and heavy weapons. The Russian television quoted sources from the defence forces as saying that Ukrainian forces have dispatched 20 tanks near borderlines which violates Minsk agreement. The sources added that Ukrainian shelling damaged wide areas in towns close to Donetsk airport. The sources said that around 300 US military personnel arrived in Lviv city to participate in a joint military training exercise with Ukrainian forces, a move that was considered unhelpful and will not achieve the settlement by Russian foreign ministry. A cease-fire was signed between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists in Minsk on Feb. 12, which included the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from combat areas, the withdrawal of all foreign-armed formations and release of all hostages and unlawfully detained persons, as well as political reforms and decentralization in the eastern Ukrainian regions. (end) as.mb

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Date:Apr 17, 2015
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