Ukraine asks Russia to return military observers to Donbass

05.09.2019, Kiev.

Russia should return its military observers to the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) on ceasefire in Donbass, Ukrainian representative Leonid Kuchma’s press secretary Darya Olifer wrote on September 4 on her Facebook page.

The proposal was made at the contact group’s session in Minsk. Olifer believes that the return of the Russian experts would be “appropriate.”

The reason for Russia’s return, according to Olifer, is the increased number of violations committed by the self-proclaimed People’s Republics.

Russia withdrew its military observers from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination on ceasefire in Donbass in December 2017 because the Ukrainian side interfered with the work of the Russian experts.

The JCCC was established to monitor the compliance with the Minsk Protocol. It started operating on September 26, 2014. It included officials from the OSCE, Ukraine, and Russia. The military officers were responsible for monitoring the compliance with the ceasefire regime, cooperating with the OSCE observers and representatives from the conflicting sides, and facilitating the resolution of any disagreements associated with the fulfillment of the Minsk agreements.

According to reports of the Donetsk People’s Republic officials, Kiev has systematically violated the agreements, using not only small arms, but also grenade launchers as well as 120 mm and 82 mm mortars.

Source: Rossa Primavera News Agency

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