The Ukrainian army has shelled the positions of people’s militia in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) five times over the past 24 hours, the LPR defense ministry said on Saturday.

“The shelling targeted the areas of Zolotoye-5, the urban-type settlement of Kalinovo and the Golubovskoye settlement,” the LuganskInformCenter news agency quoted a spokesman for the LPR people’s militia as saying.

According to the spokesman, the fire was conducted from mortars, infantry fighting vehicles, grenade launchers and small arms.

The Contact Group’s security subgroup agreed to declare a new ‘spring’ ceasefire in Donbass on March 7. It entered into force from the midnight of March 8 according to the Kiev time (01:00 Moscow time). However, the Ukrainian military broke the truce just five minutes after it had taken effect.

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