Head of the OSCE SMM mission Ertugrul Apakan insists on an immediate cease-fire by the enemy parties in Donbas on Easter holidays. This is stated in the message of the OSCE mission on Facebook.
“As many people celebrate Easter, we are reminded that this is a time for renewal and hope. But if hope is to have any meaning, the sides must adhere to the Minsk agreements; they must cease fire, withdraw weapons, disengage forces and formations, and de-mine," wrote Apakan.
In his opinion, it is obvious that after three years of violence and non-compliance with the ceasefire agreement signed in Minsk in September 2014, this is the only viable solution for the sake of the future of Ukrainian citizens.
He urged the sides to embrace the spirit of Easter by prioritizing the protection of the civilian population. “If the focus is on people, it is possible to resolve this conflict and restore normalization and stabilization to Ukraine,” the head of the mission stressed.