: Ukraine honours WW2 victims as shooting in Donbas continues

12:03 May. 7, 2016

Ukraine honours WW2 victims as shooting in Donbas continues

Day of Remembrance in Ukraine in 2015 (UNIAN Photo)

Separatists attack in blow to ceasefire deal agreed upon for May holidays 

The Russian-backed separatist forces continued their provocations in the Donbas warzone despite the May holidays. The militants attacked the positions of the Ukrainian soldiers 7 times in the past 24 hours.

Official Kyiv reported, the shooting took place in the Donetsk region near government-held Avdiivka and separatist-controlled Donetsk.

"The combatant used grenade launchers, high-calibre machine guns and assault rifles to attack Ukraine's forces. An enemy sharpshooter was also active and opened fire in the conflict zone", according to Ukraine's military.

The message said, the situation in the Luhansk region, in turn, was relatively stable. The decrease of violence allowed the country to pay respect to the victims of the World War 2.

Read also: Ukraine gears up for possible Russian provocations on May 9

Ukrainian servicemen held a special ceremony right near the contact line. They put flowers at the monuments to the heroes who had fought the Nazi army. Local authorities and residents also took part in the service. Due to the situation in the region, soldiers had to check the surrounding areas for possible landmines and other explosive items.

Ukraine is preparing to commemorate the Time of Remembrance and Reconciliation for Those Who Lost Their Lives during the Second World War. Earlier President Petro Poroshenko said, the country would never celebrate the May 9 Victory day by the "Russian scenario" again. The switch occurred as Ukraine pushed to break from its Soviet past.

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