OSCE head calls for new cease-fire in eastern Ukraine

Source : 112 Ukraine

Miroslav Lajčák stressed that the duty of the parties in Minsk is to guarantee a safe and secure environment for citizens in a combat zone in the east of Ukraine.
09:58, 20 April 2019

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The OSCE Chairman-in-Office and Slovak Foreign Minister Miroslav Lajčák regretted that the Trilateral Contact Group and its Security Working Group on April 18 failed to agree on a new commitment to cease fire on the occasion of the upcoming Easter celebrations. This is stated on the OSCE website.

“Every day, people in eastern Ukraine experience difficulties. It is the duty of the parties to guarantee a safe and secure environment, and this is a key condition for any positive development, including the improvement of a difficult humanitarian situation,” said Lajčák.

Alarmed by the violations of the ceasefire, the head of the OSCE focused on the urgent need not only to renew the truce, but also to agree on a sustainable and irreversible ceasefire.

Lajčák calls on the parties to continue negotiations in order to fulfill the ceasefire commitment and support it.

We recall, on April 18, the representative of Ukraine in the TCG, Iryna Gerashchenko, reported that in Minsk at the negotiations of the Tripartite Contact Group they had failed to reach an agreement on the "Easter ceasefire".

Related: Day in Donbas: Occupant violates ceasefire regime seven times, no casualties

Over 2,000 regular Russian soldiers stay on the territory of occupied Donbas as BBC News Ukraine reported citing Serhiy Nayev, the Commander of the Joint Forces Operation.

“According to our information, the Russians occupy the leadership positions of the “republican bodies of state government”, “bodies of the military administration of the operative and tactical level”, command positions of particular detachments. Besides, the regular Russian military officers are the military advisors, instructors, commanders of the detachments of the military and operative provision. Their number estimated as over 2,000 people,” Nayev said.

According to him, the tendency for the decrease of the presence of the regular Russian military men in Donbas is observed; however, “the Russian officers and general make the core of the command staff from battalion up to army corps”.

Serhiy Nayev emphasized that the Russian military men “consider the “trips” to the east of Ukraine as an obligatory stage for their promotion”.

Related: Medvedchuk to cooperate with Zelensky if he stands for peace in Donbas

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