Ukraine's new truce: OSCE urges sides to stop fighting as Ukraine starts new academic year

12:53 Sep. 1, 2016

OSCE urges sides to stop fighting as Ukraine starts new academic year

An OSCE observer in the village of Zaitsevo (Getty Images)

Minsk Trilateral group agreed upon the new truce, but the situation in Donbas remained tense in previous days

All sides should "heed the ceasefire appeal" as the new school year has started in Ukraine, the Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Ertugrul Apakan said on September 1.

"We urge all sides to heed the call and to establish a full and comprehensive ceasefire. Such adherence can ultimately lead to the stabilization and normalization that the people of Donbas – and in particular, the children – so desperately need," he said.

"The SMM, through its monitoring and reporting will continue to help the sides to establish this peace,"  Apakan added.

OSCE welcomed the new impetus for peace, which was an initiative of the Trilateral Contact Group. However, on August 31, Ukraine has called for an extraordinary Skype conference as the attacks continued along the whole demarcation line.

Read also OSCE ready to establish nine monitoring bases on border in occupied Donbas

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