Agreement on ceasefire in Donbas for holidays is necessary step, - EU

Source : 112 Ukraine

The EU concerned with the deterioration of the humanitarian situation in Donbas
14:33, 21 December 2017

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The agreement of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas on the ceasefire regime for the holidays is a necessary step. It is claimed at the statement of the spokesperson on the deterioration of the humanitarian and security situations in eastern Ukraine.

We expect Russia in particular to make full and immediate use of its influence on the separatists in this regard. The agreement reached in today's Trilateral Contact Group on a renewed ceasefire commitment for the holiday period is a necessary step, though immediate restraint in the meantime remains imperative’, the document said.

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Also, it is noted that the increase of the number of the violations of the ceasefire regime, deployment of the armed forces near the civilians’ districts, attacks from the places of the critical infrastructure or at them lead to the deterioration of the humanitarian situation.

‘The positioning of armed forces in close proximity to residential areas and firing from or towards critical infrastructure shows complete disrespect for peoples' lives. Greater restraint and further efforts to protect water supplies and energy infrastructure is vital’, the statement claimed.

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Moreover, the EU claimed that Russia's withdrawal of its contingent from the Joint Centre for Control and Coordination (JCCC) also has serious negative implications for the maintenance of a ceasefire and on the stabilization of the line of contact.

As we reported the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas agreed on a new ceasefire regime in the zone of the armed Donbas Conflict since the midnight of December 23rd.  The partakers of the meeting confirmed the intention to fulfill the commitments on the release of the prisoners until Christmas and New Year’s holidays.

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