Starting from midnight on August 29, 2018 a termless ceasefire is announced in the Joint Forces Operation zone, as Darka Olifer, Spokesperson of the second President of Ukraine and the representative of the state to the Trilateral Contact Group, Leonid Kuchma, wrote on Facebook.
“Trilateral Contact Group along with the representatives of ORDLO (Separated Districts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, - ed.) confirms its complete commitment to the termless ceasefire due to the beginning of the academic year since midnight of August 29, 2018. The sides are obligated to take all necessary steps to provide a sustainable ceasefire. The sides commit themselves to provide secure and reliable access of OSCE SMM throughout Ukraine in accordance with its mandate,” she wrote.
For now, as Olifer stated, there is no point to talk about significant changes in security situation in Donbas: over the period of “grain ceasefire” which lasted since July 1 to August 20, the Ukrainian troops recorded almost fifteen hundred violations of the ceasefire from the militants’ side, including with the use of Minsk-banned weapons – mortars, artillery, tanks and Grads. Besides, OSCE SMM documented attacks at nine populated areas.
Earlier, militants started violating “grain ceasefire” during its first days. Moreover, OSCE recorded the improvement of the situation after “grin ceasefire” began in Donbas, in particular, decrease of attacks intensity by almost 80% compared with the previous period.