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 OSCE Told Where 480-Kilometer Demarcation Line Will Be Established in Donbas

Parties to the conflict in the east of Ukraine failed to agree on the line of demarcation.

Deputy Head of the special OSCE monitoring mission in the region Alexander Hug told journalists in Donetsk, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainska Pravda.

"The line of demarcation is 480 km long. Meanwhile there is no mutual understanding on this issue between the parties. The parties still have not reached agreement on the demarcation line," Hug said.

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He explained that the observance of the ceasefire should precede the demarcation line establishment.

"The line of demarcation runs along Mariupol and the towns of Debaltseve and Shchastia. It is necessary to achieve compliance with the ceasefire in order to establish the security strip," the representative of the OSCE said.

He also stated that the withdrawal of heavy weapons should be accomplished by the parties to the conflict simultaneously with observation of all other articles of the Minsk protocol on peaceful settlement.

"The artillery draw off depends on compliance with other provisions of the Minsk Agreement. The meetings, such as today's one, should lead to full compliance with the Minsk agreements," Hug said.

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Besides, Hug expressed hope for an early ceasefire in different parts of the Donbas.

"The Minsk memorandum brought some changes into the conflict. We hope these meetings to contribute to the ceasefire, including on the territory of the Donetsk airport," he said.

 
 
 
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