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.