It’s the first time that the OSCE has taken the responsibility to monitor the process of disengagement process between the conflicting sides in Donbas round the clock. Yevhen Marchuk, former Defense Minister and the current representative of Ukraine in the security subgroup of Minsk talks group.
‘The both sides should clearly report to the OSCE and tell them where their units are currently, and then tell them where they will be redeployed. OSCE representatives, in turn, should put on record their testimonies and verify them. The disengagement should be conducted symmetrically – that is, on the same distance and simultaneously and under the strict control of the OSCE’, the official explained.
According to him, the OSCE clearly defined what kind of responsibility the sides would take for violations of the disengagement process, as well as what should be done in case of such violations.
‘We will know now who and when breached the agreement and the very process,’ Marchuk said.
The respective paper was signed by the parties of Minsk talks group on September 21. Under the agreement, OSCE SMM took the responsibility for constant and regular monitoring of the disengagement process, conducted at the defined sections of the division line in Donbas.
The three sections 2 x 2 square meters were defined to be created near villages of Zolote, Petrivske and Stanitsya Luhanska. The effect of a treaty may be applied to other sections of the battlefront, however they are to be defined during further consultations.