The so-called operative command of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic delivered a plan to calm down the situation along the division line in eastern Ukraine. That includes withdrawal of heavy weaponry and creating the demilitarized zone on one of the hottest spots on the entire combat area.
The official medium of the militants in Donetsk region reported that on February 8.
According to the message, the plan was composed on February 4 and was allegedly agreed with OSCE SMM monitors.
The list of measures includes five provisions. They include, in particular, full, comprehensive and immediate ceasefire along the entire division line; withdrawal of the heavy weaponry banned by Minsk agreements; full and unrestricted access for OSCE SMM representatives – even to the areas where the heavy weapons are stored.
The plan offers to create a demilitarized zone in the one-kilometer area around Donetsk water filtering station, in order to restore infrastructure objects and let the locals of Avdiivka and Yasynuvata get back to normal life. This provision forbids any offensive actions or any sort of engaging the enemy.
The militants said that they allegedly passed their offer to the Ukrainian military command, which ‘ignored’ the initiative. At the same time, OSCE SMM Deputy Head Alexander Hug refused to perform as mediator in these negotiations.
Earlier, the OSCE demanded that the sides immediately withdraw the heavy weaponry from the residential areas in Donbas. Martin Sadjik, the Mission’s special representative, stressed that the use of heavy weaponry in the residential areas in an open violation of Minsk agreements.