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OSCE dissatisfied with Ukrainian army promotion in "gray zone" in Donbas

Hug said that such actions of the Ukrainian army have aggravated the situation in the western part of Luhansk region
21:49, 1 March 2018

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The OSCE monitoring mission is dissatisfied with the fact that the Ukrainian military takes control of settlements in the so-called "gray zone" in Donbas. This was stated by the deputy head of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, Alexander Hug, at a briefing on Thursday.

According to him, the recent arrival of Ukrainian fighters to the small village of Novoaleksandrivka, which was in the "gray zone" of Luhansk region, moved the positions of the Ukrainian Armed Forces even closer to the line of contact.

"Such a move, involving a reduction in inter-position distance, inevitably leads to even greater violence," Hug said.

He said that such actions by the Ukrainian army have aggravated the situation in the western part of Luhansk region.

The representative of the mission recalled that, according to the Minsk agreements, the parties cannot move forward, but must remain in their positions.

"Over the past few years, we have a number of examples from different places along the line of contact, when the result of moving forward, closer to the opposing side, increased the level of prolonged and unpredictable violence," Hug said.

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