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Putin calls on Ukrainian military, Donbass militias to take measures to stop shelling

January 18, 2015, 22:10 UTC+3
Vladimir Putin also said that Russia, along with OSCE, ready to organize control over pullout of heavy weaponry in Ukraine
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© Alexei Druzhinin / press-office of the President of the Russian Federation/TASS

MOSCOW, January 18. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin has suggested that the Ukrainian military and militias take urgent measures to stop shelling each other’s positions, Russia’s television Channel One cited a message to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.

“I suggest that both parties - the Ukrainian military and Donbass, DPR and LPR (Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, respectively) take urgent measures to stop shelling each other’s positions and pull out weapons of over 100 mm caliber,” the message says.

Vladimir Putin also said that Russia, along with OSCE, ready to organize control over pullout of heavy weaponry in Ukraine. Putin calls on Ukrainian military and militias to pull out weapons of over 100mm caliber to distance fixed in Minsk memorandum.

“We are ready to organize, jointly with the OSCE, control over the realization of these steps,” the document says.

 Russian President Vladimir Putin has called on his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko to spare no effort to settle the situation in Ukraine peacefully. 

The Russian leader stressed that the process of peace settlement on the basis of the Minsk memorandum of September 19, 2014 was on the brink of frustration.

To remedy the situation, Putin suggested that “both parties - the Ukrainian military and Donbass, DPR and LPR (Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, respectively) take urgent measures to stop shelling each other’s positions and pull out weapons of over 100 mm caliber,” according to Putin’s message to Poroshenko cited by Russia’s television Channel One on Sunday.

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