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OSCE Calls for Urgent Negotiations Amid Intensifying Fighting in Donbass

Sputnik News

17:10 05.06.2015(updated 18:08 05.06.2015)

The OSCE mission noted increasing ceasefire violations in Ukraine's eastern Donbass region.

MOSCOW (Sputnik) – Expressing concern over mounting tensions in eastern Ukraine, Deputy Chief Monitor of OSCE's Special Monitoring Mission Alexander Hug called on all sides on Friday to urgently resume peace negotiations.

New clashes erupted in eastern Ukraine on Wednesday after Kiev troops had launched an offensive against local independence supporters along the separation line in the region. The fighting occurred in the town of Marinka just outside the city of Donetsk.

"We urgently call on all sides to return to the negotiation table," Hug said in a briefing before the UN Security Council.

According to the deputy chief monitor, the OSCE mission has noted increasing ceasefire violations in Ukraine's eastern Donbas region.

"Developments around Marinka are worrying, suggesting that a military track has not been abandoned for a political one," he said, stressing that civilians continue to suffer in the conflict.

Earlier in the day, the leader of the eastern Ukrainian self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko, said some 400 Kiev troops had been killed and 60 pieces of equipment destroyed in battles near Marinka, while Donetsk forces had lost 15 soldiers and 30 had been injured in the clashes.

Ukrainian officials publicly acknowledged the use of heavy artillery by Kiev in the fighting, in violation of the Minsk peace agreements.

In February, the warring sides in Ukraine agreed to maintain a ceasefire and withdraw heavy weapons from the line of contact but the hostilities continued. The Minsk agreements stipulate that OSCE observers are tasked with constantly monitoring the situation in Ukraine's southeast.


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