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Situation with water supplies in Lugansk region remains unsolved — OSCE envoy

November 23, 2016, 20:26 UTC+3 MINSK

Shelling with heavy weapons continues along the contact line in Donbass, a diplomat says

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MINSK, November 23. /TASS/. The situation with water supplies in the Lugansk region remains unsolved, Ambassador Martin Sajdik, the OSCE Special Representative to eastern Ukraine, said on Wednesday after a regular meeting of the Contact Group seeking to find a peace solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine.

"The humanitarian subgroup has considered the issues of water and energy supplies in the Lugansk region," Sajdik said. "The situation has remained unsolved and this arouses concern."

Shelling continues

Shelling with heavy weapons continues along the contact line in Donbass but such weapons need to be withdrawn from the area, Sajdik said.

"A tense situation remains in place along the line of disengagement. Numerous violations of the ceasefire are being reported," Sajdik said, noting "shelling with heavy weapons, which should not be there," caused the highest number of casualties.

"The situation with implementation of the withdrawal of heavy weapons leaves much to be desired," he emphasized, saying that Wednesday’s meeting focused on the new areas where security zones would be set up along the contact line.

Ukraine’s Armed Forces and people’s militia of the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR) might start pulling back troops and weapons near the town of Stanitsa Luganskaya in the foreseeable future, he added.

"The issue of disengagement in Stanitsa Luganskaya has been considered. I hope the disengagement will follow in the coming days," Sajdik said.

In the meantime, Darya Olifer, the press secretary of Ukraine’s special representative at the Minsk talks, said that the forces could begin pulling back near Stanitsa Luganskaya on Saturday.

"Given the ‘regime of silence’ is observed, troops and weapons near Stanitsa Luganskaya may begin disengaging on November 26, 2016," she wrote on her Facebook page.

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