The Ukrainian party continues to grossly violate its commitments to observing the ceasefire. Over the past 24 hours, there were registered four violations of the second paragraph of the Additional Ceasefire Monitoring Measures Package by the AFU, a spokesperson for the DPR People’s Militia Directorate reported.

“On the Gorlovka front, militants of the 5th battalion tactical group of the 81 brigade engaged the Dolomitnoye area from positions near Novoluganskoye with 120mm and 82mm mortars, AGSs, RPGs, large-caliber machine guns and small arms, firing 12 shells and 34 grenades.

We regret to inform you that a defender of our Republic has been killed as a result of the mortar shelling. We express our sincere condolences to the family and friends of the fallen serviceman,” the statement reads.

We demand that international observers of the OSCE Mission take note of the ceasefire violations, which resulted in the death of the defender of our Republic, and press the Ukrainian military and political authorities to stop undertaking provocative activities on the contact line aiming at escalating the Donbass conflict.

On the Donetsk front, militants of the 58th brigade, from positions near Pesky, engaged the Vesyoloye area twice with 120mm mortars, various grenade launcher systems and small arms, firing four shells and 25 grenades, and the Volvo Centre area, firing six 120mm shells.

The violations were promptly reported to the Ukrainian representatives to the JCCC to ensure that timely action was taken against the ceasefire violators, and the falsification of records of ceasefire violations by the Ukrainian militants was prevented. An attempt by the DPR Representative Office to the JCCC to launch a coordination mechanism for the ceasefire to be promptly established was once again ignored by the Ukrainian party to the JCCC.