Local residents report a sharp intensification of fighting that caused casualties and destruction of property, Ukraine Today reports. 

A ceasefire protocol agreed last September in Minsk has been continuously violated.

Earlier, militants were observed launching attacks from residential areas. The OSCE has condemned such activities, sometimes referred to as “human shield tactics”, in a report issued last week. A video clip aired recently by Russia's First Channel showed militants firing from an apartment building in the Donetsk area.

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