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Situation improved in Eastern Ukraine, - OSCE
18:56, 16 February 2017
Situation improved in Eastern Ukraine, - OSCE

“More or less stable de-escalation period” can now be observed in the area of the anti-terrorist operation this week

18:56, 16 February 2017

unian.net

“More or less stable de-escalation period” can now be observed in the East of Ukraine, security level also improved. Alexander Hug, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine, announced that during his briefing.

“Yesterday we spotted more than 200 ceasefire violations. If compared to thousands of daily violations the previous week near Avdiivka and Yasynuvata, it becomes obvious that we are now observing the stable phase of de-escalation,” noted Hug.

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The Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission also reported that last week’s level of violence dropped down again to its’ “abnormal norm”.

“SMM saw a 75% decrease in number of ceasefire violations last week, if compared with the week before last,” said Alexander Hug.

As it was reported, the OSCE Special Representative Martin Sajdik reported that Minsk Trilateral Contract Group discussed the withdrawal of heavy weaponry from the division line in eastern Ukraine and agreed to withdraw the armaments by February 20.

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