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Ukraine Live Day 362
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The Interpreter
Russian-to-English translation journal, with original analysis and commentary on Russia's foreign & domestic policy.
DNR Claims Encircled Ukrainian Troops Fired from Debaltsevo, and Return Fire
5 years
Ceasefire Goes into Effect in Southeast Ukraine - But Will it Hold? Reports of Violations Already
Large Convoy in Novorossiysk, Russia, At Least 20 Armored Vehicles

Not an hour of the ceasefire went by before reports began to come in that it was being broken.

RIA Novosti reports that the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" (DNR) forces have claimed that Ukrainian troops, encircled inside the city of Debaltsevo, have fired at them, therefore giving them the justification to fire back.

RIA Novosti cited a report from Eduard Basurin, representative of the "Donetsk People's Republic" in Moscow (translation by The Interpreter):

According to the representative of the DNR defense ministry, at 2:00 am [Moscow time], the remnants of the group of Ukrainian forces surrounded in Debaltsevo opened artillery and shell fire on the positions of the DNR and LNR.

"The DNR divisions are conducting precise fire on the firing systems of the enemy in order to avoid killing the civilian population," said Basurin.

But some of the weapons such as the Grad systems are by their nature indiscriminate in their firing.

These reports have not been confirmed.