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Apakan: Full and sustainable ceasefire is key to peace in Donbas
08:28, 13 July 2016
Apakan: Full and sustainable ceasefire is key to peace in Donbas

OSCE SMM Chief Monitor released statement on continuing ceasefire violations in the combat area in eastern Ukraine

08:28, 13 July 2016

OSCE/Micky Kroell

Ertugrul Apakan, the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Donbas, commented on the ongoing combat activity in eastern Ukraine (osce.org).

According to him, a ceasefire is a KEY step towards the restoration of stabilization, normalization and ultimately, peace. Adherence to a full and sustainable ceasefire is a basic requirement of the Minsk documents. It is a political and moral obligation, he added.

The Chief Monitor drew attention to the human cost of the continued ceasefire violations. “Ceasefire violations particularly affect the most vulnerable, women, the very young and the old,” he said. He noted in particular the deaths in recent weeks – in two separate incidents in Donetsk region – of five young boys, three of them brothers.

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