CNN reports that some of the measures in the ceasefire agreement of Feb. 11/12, 2015 for eastern Ukraine have been taken, including that after many days of stalling and delay, a trickle of withdrawal by Ukraine of artillery and other heavy equipment from the agreed line of demarcation has begun. But as the news report and video below show, Donetsk city as well as other areas continue to be struck by Ukraine shelling.
Listen to an interview with Russia Insider commentator Alexander Mercouris about the situation, on Feb. 27, 2015. He asks why the monitors of the Organisation for Secrity and Cooperation in Europe are not doing their job of telling the world who and why, exactly, the implementation of the Minsk ceasefire is proceeding so slowly, or not at all.
Nighttime shelling of Donetsk on February 26, 2015
The inhabitants of Donetsk heard loud artillery cannonade all night long, RIA Novosti reports. According to witnesses, the sounds of salvos and explosions were heard in most districts of the city.
Meanwhile, Ukrainian authorities claimed that they had started the withdrawal of heavy armaments from the line of contact, which includes Donetsk. The DPR Army has already withdrawn about 90 per cent of its artillery.
Yesterday, the leader of the Donetsk Peoples Republic, Aleksandr Zakharchenko, expressed his outrage with the violations of the Minsk ceasefire agreements by the Kiev junta. According to him, Ukraine is consolidating forces and getting ready for a military offensive in late March – early April.