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OSCE notes decreased intensity of attacks in ATO zone
20:03, 16 January 2017
OSCE notes decreased intensity of attacks in ATO zone

At the same, heavy weapons are still used in shelling

20:03, 16 January 2017

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Cases of ceasefire violations with the use of heavy weapons did not disappear, but compared to last year December there are less of them. This was reported during the briefing by the OSCE representative in the Trilateral contact group Martin Sajdik.

"At our meeting on December 21 last year, the Trilateral Group made a statement on compliance with sustainable and indefinite ceasefire starting from December 24 last year. I want to note that cases of ceasefire violations including the use of banned heavy weapons occurred and still take place, although their numbers, in comparison with December last year, have decreased," Sajdik said.

"I deeply regret to inform about shelling of recently opened International Committee of the Red Cross in Stanytsia Luhanska. This fact is a violation of the international humanitarian law,” the OSCE representative in the contact group in Minsk also added.

He also noted that the contact group continued to discuss a complete ceasefire, disengagement, as well as security near checkpoints.

It is noteworthy that head of the OSCE Sebastian Kurz is to visit Ukraine on 16-17 January.

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