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The parties to the conflict have to begin mine clearing and separation of troops

11.08.2017

For the last several days two the incidents have happened to OSCE observers. These incidents are connected with mines on roads of Donbass.

So in Schastie city controlled by AFU, the patrol of Joint Monitoring Mission couldn't overcome the bridge which leads to the uncontrollable the territory. Military didn’t let the mission because of mines. Then OSCE confirmed this information by means of the UAV. Joint Monitoring Mission notes that mine clearing of this area could simplify work not only for observers, but also it would be simpler for civilians to cross the boundary line.

Other case happened near Debaltseve where the patrol found anti-tank mines on the road from Svetlodarsk. After the mission exposed this fact, the route was completely cleared of mines within several hours and the patrol could pass along the route. In this connection the mission noted that parties of the conflict can effectively fight against mines and unexploded ammunition when they want to do it. Therefore OSCE urges to remember the agreements reached in Minsk and at last to start activities for demilitarization of a gray zone. It is necessary to remove mine barriers, to withdraw heavy weapons and to separate troops on distance making the shooting fights impossible. Then to start humanitarian mine clearing of territories to make them safe for civilians.

All these obstacles were agreed by the parties of the conflict and had to work in safety zones where it wouldn’t be arms, military and mines. But instead the parties accuse each other of failure of a ceasefire regime and because of this can’t start activities for withdrawal of troops.

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