Donetsk, Feb 15 – DAN. Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire 550 times over the past 24 hours, DPR Operations Command deputy commander Eduard Basurin said on Wednesday.

“Ukrainian forces shelled the Republic’s territory 550 times over the past 24 hours, using artillery 68 times, mortars 163 times, infantry fighting vehicle cannons 39 times and anti-aircraft guns, grenade launchers and small arms 280 times,” Basurin said.

Dokuchayevsk, Yasinovataya and Staromikhailovka villages west of Donetsk came under Ukrainian forces fire. In the same area, DPR intelligence revealed two 152mm howitzers in Kiev-controlled Kurakhovka village, 13 kilometres from the contact line. In Novoukrainka village (28 kilometres from the contact line) and Krasnogorovka (3 kilometres from the contact line), four Grad multiple launch rocket systems, three self-propelled howitzers and 40 gunmen were spotted.

Ukrainian army also targeted Ozeryanovka, Zaitsevo, Mikhailovka and Shirokaya Balka villages outside Gorlovka. In Novgorodskoye village area (six kilometres from the contact line), DPR intelligence spotted three Ukrainian 120mm mortars.

Ukrainian forces also shelled Krasniy Partizan village in Yasinovatskiy district and Zaichenko, Kominternovo, Leninskoye and Sakhanka villages in southern Novoazovskiy district.*jk