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OSCE, Kiev, DPR and LPR set up joint commission to monitor truce in east Ukraine

February 24, 2015, 18:51 UTC+3 VIENNA
A Joint Control Commission will be established to receive information on the truce observance. It will clarify issues related to disagreements in approaches, Russia’s envoy to the OSCE said
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VIENNA, February 24. /TASS/. The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE), Kiev and the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR) are establishing a Joint Commission to monitor truce in east Ukraine, Russia’s ambassador to the OSCE Andrei Kelin said on Tuesday.

"A Joint Control Commission will be established to receive information on the [truce] observance. It will clarify issues related to disputes and disagreements in approaches," the Russian envoy said.

"It will comprise the OSCE, the Ukrainian authorities, the DPR and the LPR, as well as specialists from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination, which includes Russian officers," he said.

The security zone along the engagement line "will be divided into separate sections and monitoring will be conducted using all means," the Russian diplomat said.

Observers are soon expected to receive drones, as well as military systems for detecting artillery fire, he said.

"The OSCE mission has turned to the Ukrainian authorities with a request to create a center that would gather all information from all power ministries that included the Defense Ministry, the National Security and Defense Council and the Interior Ministry," Kelin said.

The Belarusian capital of Minsk hosted on February 12 summit talks of Normandy Four leaders - Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The 16-hour marathon summit negotiations ended in a package of agreements, which in particular envisaged ceasefire between the Ukrainian conflicting sides starting from midnight on February 15.

The ceasefire agreement reached at the talks in Minsk in mid-February was not the first during the military conflict in Ukraine, which erupted almost a year ago.

The deterioration in Ukraine prompted a diplomatic blitz from Hollande and Merkel early this month as they went first for talks with Poroshenko in Kiev on February 5 and then met with Putin in Moscow the other day.

Currently, the conflicting sides in Ukraine say combat activity on the separation line has decreased.

Thousands have been killed and hundreds of thousands of people have fled Ukraine’s embattled east as a result of clashes between Ukrainian troops and local militias in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions during Kiev’s military operation, launched in mid-April 2014 to regain control over parts of the breakaway territories, which call themselves the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s republics.

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