DPR Head says ceasefire violations linked to Poroshenko’s election campaign

March 11, 2019 16:20

Donetsk, Mar 11 – DAN. The international community must respond to Kiev’s gross violations of the ceasefire in Donbass.

“We call on the international community, the guarantor countries of the Minsk Agreements, the OSCE Mission and other international organizations to exert a decisive and tough influence on the Ukrainian side in order to resolve the situation and prevent the killing of our citizens in favor of the political interests of Kiev. The most important of Poroshenko’s goals is to maintain power, and for this purpose, as we see, he is ready to commit any crime,” Pushilin said in a statement posted on his official website.

DPR Head added that Kiev authorities are trying to divert the attention of their voters from the political and economic crisis in the country by shelling cities, destroying houses and infrastructure, and thereby increase their chances in the upcoming election.

“No doubt, the provocations from the Ukrainian armed forces in the coming days will not only continue, but intensify. Kiev benefits from the escalation on contact line. The criminal orders to fire at our cities will be given in the future, and the situation will continue to heat up”, Pushilin said.

A new recommitment to the ceasefire in Donbass has come into force on Friday, 1.01 a.m. GMT +3, after the security working group of the Contact Group had agreed to it on the previous day. At 1.05 a.m. Kiev forces opened 120 mm mortar fire on Alexandrovka, western Donetsk; later the Volvo Center in northern Donetsk, Kulikovo, Dokuchayevsk and Yasinovataya were targeted. *ot