Ukraine’s military has accused Russia-backed separatists of breaching a ceasefire agreement in eastern Ukraine, shortly after it came into force.

The ceasefire deal was reached on July 22, following negotiations among Ukraine, Russia, and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), the so-called the Trilateral Contact Group.

The truce announcement has sparked protests with citizens taking the streets of Kyiv on July 27, to protest against the new deal.

Under the volatile ceasefire, the use of all weapons is prohibited, however, local media reported that senior military officers and President Volodymyr Zelensky said that this does not mean that the Ukrainian military will not be able to return fire in case of enemy attacks.

According to the country’s military, the truce was violated by separatists near the town of Uzhivka, located south of Donetsk and around Novomykhaylivka, southwest of the rebels’ stronghold city.

The representatives of the separatists have rejected the claims, arguing they are still following their ceasefire commitment, and that accusations were “yet another act of information provocation by the Ukrainian side, aimed at destabilising the situation.”

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