Parties to conflict in Donbas must remove checkpoints and demine three areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, - OSCE

Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) calls on the parties to the conflict to remove checkpoints and clear from mines three areas in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions agreed by the Trilateral Contact Group to resolve the situation in the Donbas (Ukraine-OSCE-Russia).

OSCE SMM Principal Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug said at a briefing, Censor.NET reports citing Ukrainski Novyny.

He demonstrated image of a checkpoint constructed by militants of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" of concrete blocks in Zolote village (the Luhansk region) and stressed that those blocks had to be immediately removed and the mines along the highway to be lifted.

Read more: "It is not final outcome but beginning of process," - French Foreign Minister on disengagement agreement in Donbas

According to him, after that the OSCE mission will be able to start verification of weapons withdrawn by the parties to the conflict from the three areas.

Hug is also confident that the commanders of both sides can completely stop the use of weapons by their subordinates.

SMM's principal deputy chief monitor welcomes the arrangements reached by the Trilateral Contact Group.

Read more: Framework decision on Donbas a new instrument to calm situation along contact line, - Steinmeier on disengagement agreement

As reported, Sept. 22, the Tripartite Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas signed the framework decision on disengagement of forces and hardware of the Ukrainian Armed Forces and the armed groups of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine from the demarcation line at three areas within 13 days (by Oct. 6).Источник: https://en.censor.net.ua/n407362