Ukrainian armed forces violated the ceasefire that had been in effect since midnight December 24th in accordance with the agreement reached in Minsk talks, LPR People’s Militia press service said.


“At 11.50 a.m. Kiev forces opened fire on People’s Militia positions in vicinity of Kalinovo village firing five 122mm rounds. Our units are ordered to observe ceasefire regime and not to react to Kiev’s provocations.”


A heavy fighting erupted on December 18 in vicinity of Debaltsevo as Ukrainian armed forces attacked LPR positions in Debaltsevo area. As of December 21, Ukrainian casualties amounted to 40 killed and 50 wounded. Four LPR militiamen died and five were injured. The situation in the area remains tense.