As reported by Censor.NET, this was announced by Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission in Ukraine Alexander Hug in an interview to Glavkom. He said that the latest events recorded by the Mission's monitors show that the situation remains relatively calm in most areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, but the risk of escalation is high.
On Oct. 20, Hug said, observers recorded 28 explosions and two machine gun rounds near a railway station 6 km from Donetsk on the "DPR"-controlled territory. They also recorded firing near "LPR"- controlled checkpoint Holubynske of the Luhansk region. This evidences that the cease-fire is being disrupted, Hug noted.
The Deputy Chief Monitor also said that weapons were being withdrawn to agreed distances.
According to Hug, the withdrawal is being conducted as stipulated by the Minsk agreements. For instance, Grads should be redeployed for large distances, and this had to be done by now, Hug said. At the moment, tanks and small caliber weapons are being withdrawn to at least 15 km from the front line. Such withdrawal shall create a safety zone of 30 km width, 15 km on each side.
This is not buffer zone, this is safety zone where no weapons should be deployed, Hug stressed. This area has suffered from the combat activities a lot, and in order for people living there to return home, Ukrainian soldiers shall conduct large-scale demining of the government-controlled area, OSCE representative said.
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