MINSK, 31 Jan – RIA Novosti. OSCE special representative Martin Sajdik said that in recent days there has been some increase in the number of ceasefire violations in the Donbass.
The contact group on conflict settlement in the Donbass agreed to a ceasefire for the new year and Christmas holidays from 23 December. However, the parties to the conflict continue to accuse each other of violating the truce.
“Unfortunately, in recent days, the number of violations has increased,” said Sidik journalists on Wednesday in Minsk. Meanwhile, according to him, in recent weeks, overall the number of violations of ceasefire regime in the Donbas remained at a lower level compared to the situation that preceded the onset of the truce on the occasion of new year and Christmas holidays.
The diplomat noted that the issue of the provision of the armistice including discussed on January 29 during a conference call of the subgroup on safety in the Donbass. “Guided by the statement of the contact group — the participants in the working group re-confirmed their commitment to a comprehensive, sustainable and permanent ceasefire. They underlined the need for the publication and compliance with relevant orders, including the need for disciplinary measures for violations of the cease — fire,” he said.
In addition, they discussed issues of withdrawal of forces and withdrawal of weapons, the need to repair the key civilian infrastructure and the clearance of the approaches to the crossing points across the line of contact.
Sidik added that the environment sub-group on humanitarian Affairs “in the presence of Medvedchuk (representative of Kiev in the humanitarian sub-group) discussed further possible steps” to implement the exchange of prisoners. Economic subgroup discussed the resumption of the work of the mobile operator “Vodafone Ukraine” in the Donbass. “The parties have agreed that it is vital for the civilian population on both sides of the line of contact. It is urgent to find a solution that is really complex problem,” said the OSCE representative. Also discussed was the supply of water in the Donbass, environmental safety, related with the flooding of coal mines. Participants political sub-group exchanged views on adopted by the Kyiv law on the reintegration of Donbass.
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