13:12 Jul. 13, 2016
Chief Monitor draws attention to the human cost of the continued violations of truce
Ceasefire is a key step towards the stability and restoration of peace in eastern Ukraine. This was the main message of Ertugrul Apakan - the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, who voiced his concern over the recent sharp increase of fighting in Donbas.
"Adherence to a full and sustainable ceasefire is a basic requirement of the Minsk documents. It is a political and moral obligation," Apakan was quoted as saying be the OSCE press office.
The Chief Monitor drew attention to the human cost of the continued ceasefire violations.
"Ceasefire violations particularly affect the most vulnerable, women, the very young and the old," he said. He noted in particular the deaths in recent weeks – in two separate incidents in Donetsk region – of five young boys, three of them brothers.
Apakan reiterated that the sides urgently need to adhere to a full and sustainable truce, and withdraw heavy weapons in accordance with the Minsk Agreements.
These efforts, he said, would represent a significant development towards the peace the people of Ukraine need.