Thursday, September 22 2016 19:45 EEST
OSCE undertaken to monitor the situation in Donbas round the clock
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Ukraine's envoy for security issues at Minsk peace talks Yevhen Marchuk says that the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has pledged to monitor the situation in the conflict zone in Donbas round the clock

'For the first time, and it is very important, the OSCE has undertaken to monitor the situation round the clock. This means that we will know absolutely exactly who has broken the Minsk agreements and when,' he told the portal, commenting on the progress made in Minsk on September 21, Unian reports.

The disengagement agreements between the parties to the Donbas conflict foresee 'the blocking of violations,' he said.

'After three months' work and numerous approvals, we have listed absolutely all types of violation, including the ones that are not connected with war,' Marchuk said.

'These are, for example, the presence of unauthorized persons in the zone of disengagement and obstacles to OSCE monitors' work when they are denied access to a facility where and when they want to,' he explained.

'The parties' responsibilities and instructions that need to be followed in case violations have clearly been stipulated,' Marchuk said.

Marchuk said a 13-day schedule had been developed as part of the disengagement agreement. 'I think that the disengagement should start this week, for sure,' he said.

As reported earlier by, Steinmeier: 'New ceasefire declared in eastern Ukraine appears to be holding.'

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