The cease fire in the Donbas conflict zone isn’t abided by, as Principal Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine Alexander Hug said in a Ukraine Crisis media center briefing.
On Friday, August 25, the first day after a renewal of commitments, the OSCE SMM recorded a 53% decrease in the number of ceasefire violations – from 654 to 300. On Saturday, August 26, the monitors recorded 47 ceasefire violations, on Sunday – 151. “On Monday, the OSCE SMM recorded 173 ceasefire violations, on Tuesday – 431, on Wednesday – 186. The pause is over,” stated Alexander Hug.
Hug emphasized that the new cease fire wasn’t followed through, and that every time these words turn out to have been meaningless.
As it was reported earlier, the Trilateral Contact Group agreed on new cease fire in Donbas starting August 25, before the school year began.
“The parties must cease hostilities, withdraw weapons and troops,” stressed Alexander Hug.