Six electrical substations in Donetsk’s Petrovsky district and nearly 900 residential houses were left without power after shellings by Ukrainian forces, local administration head Maxim Zhukovsky said on Wednesday.




“Six electrical substations in the region were left without power after the night shelling by Ukrainian forces. There is no electricity in 886 residential houses, including high-rise buildings. A boiler house and dentist’s office were also left without power,” Donetsk News Agency quoted Zhukovsky as saying.


A source in security agencies of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said that a residential house burned down in Zaytsevo near Gorlovka at night as a result of an explosion.


It was earlier reported that Ukrainian forces fired 470 shells at Donetsk’s Kuybyshevsky and Kirvosky districts, as well as at the outskirts of Yasinovataya. A civilian was injured in the shelling.


The participants of the Contact Group on settling the situation in east Ukraine agreed on observing ceasefire starting from April 30. However, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk republics (DPR and LPR) and Kiev forces continue accusing each other of violating the ceasefire regime in Donbass.


Ceasefire is envisaged by the Minsk accords signed on 12 February 2015, after negotiations in the so-called “Normandy format” in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko. The package of measures also envisages weaponry withdrawal, prisoner exchange, local election in Donbass, constitutional reform in Ukraine and establishing working sub-groups on security, political, economy and humanitarian components of the Minsk accords.