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OSCE chief monitor to Ukraine urges to cease fire in Donbas

OSCE chief monitor to Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan called on the conflicting parties to observe the Minsk Agreements and cease fire in Donbas
OSCE chief monitor to Ukraine urges to cease fire in Donbas

Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Chief Monitor to Ukraine Ertugrul Apakan has expressed his dismay at a large number of ceasefire violations recorded lately in eastern Ukraine and called on the conflicting parties to observe the Minsk Agreements, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

“The fighting needs to stop now – the sides have to stand by the agreement they reached: introduce a full and sustainable ceasefire, withdraw weapons, clear the land of mines and create a safe and secure environment for civilians,” the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine quoted Apakan as saying.

He also pointed out that the number of ceasefire violations recorded by the SMM on April 14 exceeded 4,000. “The most acute deterioration was seen in the Avdiyivka-Yasynuvata area in the Donetsk region, with high numbers of explosions caused by proscribed weapons,” the SMM press service said.