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Ukraine: OSCE Deputy Chief Monitor criticises ‘unacceptably high number of ceasefire violations’01:34

Ukraine: OSCE Deputy Chief Monitor criticises ‘unacceptably high number of ceasefire violations’

Ukraine, Donetsk
December 14, 2016 at 23:51 GMT +00:00 · Published

Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug said that the situation on the contact line in Donbass remains unstable, during a presser in Donetsk on Wednesday, adding that “an unacceptably high number of ceasefire violations along the contact line in the known hotspots” has been recorded.

During the briefing, Hug criticised that these hotspots are located in areas where civilians live and called on all conflicting parties to “undertake measures that will effectively protect civilians,” saying “it is about time that both sides, the so-called DPR and Ukrainian Armed Forces, understand that weapons don’t belong where civilians move about.”

In spite of hostilities, the ceasefire in east Ukraine has remained in place in recent months. As OSCE observes continue to monitor the situation and several withdrawals from the line of contact have been instigated, some progress in the Minsk talks has been achieved.

Ukraine: OSCE Deputy Chief Monitor criticises ‘unacceptably high number of ceasefire violations’01:34
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Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug said that the situation on the contact line in Donbass remains unstable, during a presser in Donetsk on Wednesday, adding that “an unacceptably high number of ceasefire violations along the contact line in the known hotspots” has been recorded.

During the briefing, Hug criticised that these hotspots are located in areas where civilians live and called on all conflicting parties to “undertake measures that will effectively protect civilians,” saying “it is about time that both sides, the so-called DPR and Ukrainian Armed Forces, understand that weapons don’t belong where civilians move about.”

In spite of hostilities, the ceasefire in east Ukraine has remained in place in recent months. As OSCE observes continue to monitor the situation and several withdrawals from the line of contact have been instigated, some progress in the Minsk talks has been achieved.

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