There has been an increasing number of ceasefire violations and deterioration of the security situation in and around the disengagement areas in Donbas over the past two weeks.

A corresponding statement was released by the OSCE press service after the regular meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group at the level of delegation heads.

Special Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office in Ukraine and in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG), Ambassador Heidi Grau stated that “the sides have not yet demonstrated their willingness to address the ceasefire violations.”

According to the Special Representative, despite an increasing number of ceasefire violations, the TCG participants’ “discussion on the coordination mechanism, demining and the disengagement of forces and hardware remained in the background.”

“The focus of the Humanitarian Working Group was on the exchange of conflict-related detainees, including the pending “procedural clearance.” The subsequent steps in the search for missing persons were also duly considered. Regrettably, there was again no progress in regards to the full operation of the two, new crossing points in the Luhansk region,” Grau added.

On 7 July, a regular meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas took place. As the Ukrainian delegation informed, all proposals and initiatives to resolve the situation in Donbas “do not gain a proper reaction by the Russian side.”

The Ukrainian delegation continues to insist on the need to release all detainees as soon as possible. The Ukrainian side also submitted to OSCE the relevant complaints about gross ceasefire violations by Russian armed formations and losses suffered by Ukraine.

Bohdan Marusyak

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