KIEV, July 23 (Xinhua) — Heidi Grau, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) special envoy in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Ukraine, welcomed the agreement reached Wednesday on additional measures to strengthen the cease-fire in Donbas in East Ukraine, the Interfax Ukraine News Agency reported on Thursday.
“The Trilateral Contact Group, with the participation of representatives of certain regions of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine, reached an agreement on additional measures to strengthen the cease-fire regime, the aim of which is to ensure compliance with a comprehensive, sustainable and an indefinite truce,” said Grau.
Grau urged the government forces and rebels implement the measures intended to be in place from July 27, which include a ban on offensive, reconnaissance and sabotage actions, on the use of firearms including sniper fire, and on the placement of heavy weapons at settlements and their surroundings.
Grau said the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) will assist and support the parties in implementing the measures.
“I hope the confirmed measures will bring the long-awaited silence to the conflict zone and more peace to the civilian population,” said Grau.
The conflict between the government forces and rebels in East Ukraine has left some 13,000 people dead and 30,000 others injured since it broke out in April 2014. Enditem
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