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Minsk group ignores Donbas ceasefire violations in its discussions - OSCE Deputy Chief Monitor

Minsk group ignores Donbas ceasefire violations in its discussions - OSCE Deputy Chief MonitorDespite numerous meetings of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk, the negotiations on the ceasefire violations are generally non-existent. During the last session that took place on Wednesday, August 3, thousands of incidents were ignored once again.

This is reported by OSCE Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug in an interview with German ARD channel, according to Deutsche Welle.

"Discussions on the ceasefire violations simply aren't happening. Neither the ten thousand violations nor the restrictions of our movement in the conflict zone have been looked into", Hug said.

Hug stressed that the sides must follow up on the OSCE reports on the violations. Impunity was just making the situation worse, he said. Hug called on all groups to bring the escalation to an end by analysing the violations and finding the responsible.

He also pointed at the danger that OSCE monitors were facing. Hug added, the number of incidents involving the observers increased as the escalation continued. The freedom of OSCE was often limited, attacks on the monitors became regular, Deputy Chief said.

"These incidents aren't investigated. This must be changed first of all", he stated.

Hug added that OSCE movement was approved by the Minsk group.
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