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Separatists use small arms in Luhansk sector despite cease-fire

Militants fired on Novooleksandrivka to provoke return fire by Ukrainian troops.

Separatists use small arms in Luhansk sector despite cease-fire

The situation in the antiterrorist operation (ATO) area in Donbas remains controllable, with only one case of cease-fire violation by pro-Russian militants having been registered since the start of the day, according to the evening Facebook update by the ATO HQ on 2 September.

"As of 6 p.m., the 'regime of silence' holds in the Donetsk, Mariupol and Luhansk sectors," the HQ said.

However, at noon, the terrorists targeted Novooleksandrivka with small arms, thus provoking Ukrainian servicemen to return fire.

"The Armed Forces of Ukraine strictly observe the Minsk agreements and do not return fire in response to provocations," the HQ said.

Still, they are on alert for any development of the situation.

"At present, threats, direction and a possible nature of the enemy's actions have been identified," the HQ said.

As reported earlier, the contact group on a Donbas settlement at its latest meeting in Minsk agreed a cease-fire as of the midnight of 31 August because of the start of a new school year. 

Although the use of heavy artillery was not reported, reports on shooting attacks continued to come in.

According to the ATO HQ, Russian TV journalists were present at the front line to register any "violations of a cease-fire by the Ukrainian side".

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