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Ukrainian Security Council says ceasefire observed in country’s southeast

September 10, 2014, 19:17 UTC+3 KIEV
The Contact Group’s meeting came two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested his seven-point plan to settle the crisis in Ukraine
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KIEV, September 10. /ITAR-TASS/. The recently declared ceasefire regime in the embattled southeastern territories of Ukraine is observed and no shootouts were registered, Andrei Lysenko, a spokesman for the Ukrainian National Security and Defense Council, said on Wednesday.

According to Lysenko, there were no new cases of gunfire reported as of 3:00 p.m. local time (12:00 UTC).

On Tuesday, observers from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine reported a number of episodes of the violation of the ceasefire regime in the southeast of Ukraine, however, they assessed the general situation as calm.

The trilateral Contact Group on the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict, comprising Russia, Ukraine and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), and representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) agreed in Minsk on September 5 on cessation of fire in Ukraine’s embattled southeast.

The ceasefire agreement came into force at 6:00 p.m. local time (15:00 UTC) on Friday, September 5.

The Contact Group’s meeting came two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin suggested his seven-point plan to settle the crisis in Ukraine after a phone conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko.

Infographics Map of combat actions in Ukraine’s east on September 4-8 Map of combat actions in Ukraine’s east on September 4-8
The ceasefire announced last Friday (September 5) “is being introduced with major difficulties”. However, full-scale combat actions in the country’s east are currently stopped. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko has stated this at an extended session of the government. Infographics by TASS
The OSCE published the text of the protocol on joint steps to settle the crisis in Ukraine, adopted September 5, on September 7. The document contains 12 steps, including non-use of weapons and monitoring of the ceasefire regime by the OSCE, as well as establishment of a safety zone in border regions between Ukraine and Russia.

Fierce clashes between troops loyal to Kiev and local militias in the southeastern Ukrainian Donetsk and Luhansk regions during Kiev’s military operation to regain control over the breakaway territories, which call themselves the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics left thousands killed, inflicted massive destruction and forced hundreds of thousands to flee Ukraine’s southeast.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra'ad Al Hussein said on Monday that according to latest UN estimations at least 3,000 people were killed since the conflict erupted in mid-April.

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