Donetsk, Mar 8 – DAN. Ukrainian forces violated the ceasefire few minutes after it came into force, said DPR representative at the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) Ruslan Yakubov.

Spring Ceasefire comes into force in Donbass

"Just five minutes after the agreements on a comprehensive and indefinite ceasefire came into force Ukrainian armed formations violated them. By this moment, they fired at the DPR five times, including with the weapons banned under the Minsk Agreements."

At 1.05 a.m. Kiev forces opened 120 mm mortar fire on Alexandrovka, western Donetsk; later the Volvo Center in northern Donetsk, Kulikovo, Dokuchayevsk and Yasinovataya were targeted with 82 mm mortars, IFVs, grenade launchers and small arms, including of large caliber.

The Spring ceasefire was coordinated by the security working group of the Contact Group during a videoconference on Thursday. Later, DPR Minister of Foreign Affairs Natalia Nikonorova confirmed the recommitment. *ot