On the morning of January 29, the militants started shelling Ukrainian positions under Avdiivka from the weapons prohibited by the Minsk Agreements. It has been four days since the escalation of the conflict. The voluntary evacuation of the citizens of Avdiivka, which is the home to Avdiivka Coke and Chemical Plant, started on February 2. The state of emergency was announced in the city earlier.

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