: OSCE special representative urges all sides to stop fighting in eastern Ukraine

13:57 Apr. 9, 2016

OSCE special representative urges all sides to stop fighting in eastern Ukraine

OSCE observers look on as Russia's 50th illegal 'humanitarian aid' convoy for Donbas arrives in Donetsk. (Getty Images)

Germany concerned about threats to OSCE monitors in separatist-controlled areas

Germany calls upon all sides in the conflict in the Donbas combat zone to stop the hostilities, according to the OSCE press service. Gernot Erler, Special Representative of the Federal Government of Germany for the OSCE Chairmanship, issued a statement this Saturday on OSCE reports of violations of eastern Ukraine ceasefire and on the safety of OSCE observers.

"The latest OSCE reports on increasing numbers of ceasefire violations and the presence of heavy weapons in the area of conflict in eastern Ukraine are worrying. I, therefore, call upon all sides to adhere to the agreements reached and to stop all fighting immediately," the statement reads.

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Erler added he was concerned about the reports of OSCE vehicles coming under attack and observers being threatened at gunpoint in separatist-held areas. He insisted on ensuring the monitoring mission's safety and full access to the combat zone.

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