DONETSK, September 26. /ITAR-TASS/. A ceasefire in Ukraine’s south-east mostly holds on the contact line between Ukrainian troops and militias, First Deputy Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Andrey Purgin said on Friday.
Purgin said that a complete cessation of fire was ahead in his comments on the situation with transit of goods across the line of disengagement, which has been returning back to normal.
“The issue is that a complete ceasefire is ahead,” the DPR press service quotes Purgin as saying. “The things are going in that direction. About 70% of the line of disengagement is idle now, without any combat operations.”
“We are in the talks to secure deployment of OSCE (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) observers there for permanent monitoring,” Purgin said.
Earlier, on September 20 upon the ending of a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukraine in the Belarusian capital Minsk, Russia’s Ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov said that the deescalation of the conflict has begun in the country’s south-east.
“The conflict has started to deescalate as the scope of combat actions was substantially reduced, by 70%,” the Russian diplomat said.
On September 20 the Contact Group on Ukraine adopted a memorandum on implementing a ceasefire. OSCE envoy Heidi Tagliavini, Ukraine’s former president Leonid Kuchma, Russia’s Ambassador to Kiev Mikhail Zurabov, DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko and the head of Luhansk People’s Republic, Igor Plotnitsky, signed the nine-item document that included a ban on all weapons, pulling back heavy weapons from the line of engagement and setting up a buffer zone of 15 kilometres. The memorandum also entrusts the OSCE with a task of controlling implementation of the agreements.