Interfax: Ukrainian army reports decline in ceasefire violations by militia

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KYIV. Feb 25 (Interfax) – The militia operating in eastern Ukraine failed to observe the ceasefire in the past 24 hours yet the intensity of gunfire has reduced, the Ukrainian army said.

“The number of ceasefire violations by the militants has been markedly reducing for a second day in a row. Yet the enemy continues random attacks in particular populated areas,” army operation spokesman Anatoliy Stelmakh told Interfax on Wednesday morning.

For instance, militia mortars shelled Popasna at about 11 p.m. on Tuesday and twice after midnight.

“There were no shelling incidents in the Mariupol, Donetsk and Luhansk sectors overnight,” Stelmakh said.

At the same time, “a full truce did not begin yesterday,” he said.

The militia conducted 15 attacks using mortars, artillery, light weapons and grenade launchers from 5 a.m. on February 24 till 5 a.m. on February 25.

“ATO forces repelled an attack of the hostiles in the Shyrokyne area at about 5 p.m. Besides, the militants continued aerial reconnaissance, and nine drone flights were recorded over the past day,” he said.

“Despite provocations staged by the hostiles, the Ukrainian servicemen are holding their positions and observing the truce alongside the entire line of contact,” Stelmakh said.