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VIENNA, October 22 /TASS/. The Permanent Council of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has extended its mission’s mandate on the Russia-Ukraine border for a month at a special meeting on Wednesday. The mission will preserve all its functions in full measure. OSCE monitors will stay at the Russian border checkpoints Donetsk and Gukovo.
On September 5, the Contact Group for Ukraine that gathered in Minsk signed a 12-point protocol on the peace settlement in south-east Ukraine. The two key points included agreements on ceasefire and exchange of prisoners. On September 20, members of the Contact Group met in Minsk for the second time to sign a memorandum on implementing the ceasefire regime. The document consists of 9 points, including a ban on the use of all types of weapons and the withdrawal by the sides in conflict of all weapons of destruction with a caliber exceeding 100mm to 15 kilometers from the contact line.
The OSCE was vested with the task of monitoring the memorandum’s implementation.