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Contact Group’s Skype conference to discuss worsening situation in Donbas

November 02, 2015, 20:34 UTC+3 MOSCOW

Ukrainian troops resumed the shelling of northern outskirts of Donetsk and the settlement of Spartak on October 30 and November 1

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MOSCOW, November 2. /TASS/. The Contact Group for Ukraine will have a Skype conference on Tuesday to discuss the worsening situation on the line of contact in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic, Luhansk People’s Republic envoy Vladislav Deinego told a news conference on Monday.

Deinego said Ukrainian troops resumed the shelling of northern outskirts of Donetsk and the settlement of Spartak on October 30 and November 1, which necessitated an emergency conference of the Contact Group to discuss the situation.

The self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic demands an emergency video conference of the Contact Group following the shelling of Donetsk on October 30, DPR’s envoy to Minsk talks, Denis Pushilin, told reporters on Sunday.

"In connection with this [shelling], we have sent a letter to OSCE special representative Martin Sajdik, asking him to look into the tendency of such violations - it is not just a single violation, but shelling came literally on a daily basis," the Donetsk News Agency quoted him as saying.

"This tendency is quite frightening for us, that is why we have asked him to convene an extraordinary Skype conference to look into these incidents," he added.

LPR’s Vladislav Deinego said the video conference was scheduled for Tuesday evening. "Standoff on the disengagement line in the zone of DPR responsibility has worsened so much that this gives cause for calling in question the necessity to pullback weapons with a caller up to100 mm on that territory," he said.

Shelling resumed by Ukrainian troops showed that "Ukraine is not yet ready for a peaceful settlement of the conflict," he said.

The Ukrainian side is trying to "stifle popular movement in Donbas by force," accusing all residents of that region of "terrorism", Deinego continued. "But Europe has already felt all danger of this situation and is trying to help us have all this settled peacefully," the LPR’s envoy said.

In line with an agreement reached in Minsk at a meeting of the Contact Group on settling the situation in east Ukraine, a complete ceasefire was established from September 1 at the disengagement line in Donbas.

On September 29, the Trilateral Contact Group initialled a document envisaging withdrawal of weapons under 100mm calibre to a distance of 15 kilometres from the line of engagement.

The pullback is planned to be finished by November 10. The next meeting of the Contact Group and its four working subgroups is due on November 17.

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