Donetsk, Nov 26 - DAN. Representatives of two Ukrainian television channels were at Kiev army positions in the Maryinka area during the shooting at western Donetsk on Thursday which aimed to provoke Donetsk People’s Republic militia into returning fire, the DPR People’s Militia said.

Earlier reports said that the Kiev army had opened grenade launcher and small arms fire at the Shakhta Trudovskaya settlement outskirts in Donetsk’s Petrovskiy district.

“Our sources said that Fakty and Ukraina Channels representatives worked in the 79th Brigade responsibility zone during the shooting, to prepare reports accusing DPR militia of ceasefire violation,” the DPR militia said.

Fire at the DPR territory was delivered by 3rd Air Assault Battalion servicemen. There were no casualties or damage reports.

The package of tighter ceasefire control measures came into force in Donbass on July 27, 2020. The document was finalised by the Contact Group participants. It bans the use of all weapons, deployment of hardware, special operations, engineer works and unmanned aerial vehicles flights. Ukrainian forces regularly violate these accords.*jk