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 PACE calls upon pro-Russian separatists to immediately cease offensive towards Avdiivka

The co-rapporteurs of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe for Ukraine, Mr Jordi Xucla (Spain, ALDE) and Mr Axel Fischer (Germany, EPP/CD), expressed their deep concern about the escalation of violence and cease fire violations around the Ukrainian town of Avdiivka which have led to several fatalities on both sides over recent days.

Censor.NET reports citing the official website of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe.

"We call upon the pro-Russian separatists to immediately cease their offensive towards Avdiivka and from shelling civilian residential areas, which could lead to humanitarian disaster and necessitate the evacuation of the civilian population. All sides should fully adhere to the cease fire agreement and withdraw their heavy weapons from the mutually agreed exclusion zone as foreseen in the Minsk agreements," the rapporteurs said.

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The fighting in the vicinity of Avdiivka has been underway since late Saturday, Jan. 28.

After three days, Ukrainian soldiers managed to take enemy positions and improved their tactical set-up in the area. Unfortunately, casualties were reported among the military.

On Jan. 30, enemy strikes left the government-controlled town of Avdiivka without electricity, water and heat.

In the evening of Jan. 30, a state of emergency was declared in Avdiivka.

As reported by the anti-terrorist operation (ATO) Staff press center, militants carry out not stop attacks on Ukrainian positions near the town.

A regional coordination center to aid local population has been set up.

According to the National Police, six civilians had been wounded and 26 houses damaged as of morning, Feb. 1. A female body was found in downtown Avdiivka on Feb. 1.

The Donetsk regional civil-military administration said the sides had agreed to cease fire until 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 1.
   
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