Kiev (AFP) – February 19, 2022. 09:13
870 violations of the ceasefire were recorded in Donetsk and Lugansk
- The OSCE recorded 222 violations and 135 “explosions” in the Donetsk region
- The organization recorded 648 violations, including 519 “explosions” in Lugansk
- ‘Significant increase’ in ceasefire violations in Ukraine (OSCE)
Announced Watchers Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe They note a “significant increase” in ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists are facing off with Ukrainian forces Since 2014. In a statement, the organization noted that its monitors had “noted a significant increase” in armed actions along the front line, noting the number of incidents equal to those that occurred prior to an agreement signed in July 2020 to consolidate the ceasefire.
The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe reported 222 violations of the ceasefire last Thursday on the front line in the Donetsk region controlled by pro-Russian separatists, including 135 “explosions”, compared to 189 on Wednesday and 24 Tuesday.
In Lugansk, another city in eastern Ukraine controlled by pro-Russian separatists, the organization recorded 648 violations, including 519 “explosions”, compared to 402 on Wednesday and 129 on Tuesday.
In its statement, the organization called on the parties to “strictly abide by all the commitments they made, take all necessary measures to reduce tension and work for an immediate cessation of escalation for the benefit of innocent civilians on both sides of the front line who continue to suffer because of this conflict.”
And she was Donetsk And Luhansk accused the Ukrainian armed forces of shelling various areas in Donbass with 120 mm mortars prohibited under the Minsk agreements.
The Russian Foreign Ministry announced that the US President, Joe BidenHe did not mention even a word the situation of the civilian population in Donbass, eastern Ukraine, in his last statement. The spokeswoman for the ministry, Maria Zakharova, said on “Telegram” commenting on the statements of the American official on the situation in Ukraine, if Biden should add that Russia has approached dangerously from the borders of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO).
Earlier, Biden, in his speech, accused the two self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Luhansk in eastern Ukraine of violating the ceasefire regime in Donbass. The US President said that Russian forces had violated the ceasefire in Donbass.
Russian regions prepare to receive refugees from Donbass
In turn, a number of Russian regions announced their readiness to receive refugees from Donbass, following the announcement of Donetsk and Luhansk to evacuate civilians from their lands amid the military escalation.
As for the Government of Ukraine, it has announced its readiness to take all necessary measures to restore the ceasefire regime in the Donbass region, and Deputy Prime Minister of the Ukrainian Government, Minister for Reintegration of the Temporarily Occupied Territories, Irina Vereshuk, said during a press conference yesterday evening, Friday, that Kiev hopes that On Saturday, a meeting of the tripartite contact group for the settlement of the conflict will be held in Donbas, which includes Ukraine, Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.