Eastern Ukraine: New hope for truce

On the website of the Ukrainian President's administration, it sounds wonderful: "a breakthrough in the Minsk process," it says. Russia and Ukraine have agre

Eastern Ukraine: New hope for truce

On the website of the Ukrainian President's administration, it sounds wonderful: "a breakthrough in the Minsk process," it says. Russia and Ukraine have agreed under the mediation of the OSCE on Wednesday night, once again, to reach a permanent ceasefire in the disputed region of Eastern Ukraine. A new cease-fire is not only trying to help the fragile old to live longer, this time, after all, with "additional measures" provided.

Gerhard Gnauck

Political correspondent for Poland, the Ukraine, Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania, based in Warsaw.

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next Monday to 0.01 PM local time, a "total and comprehensive cease-fire" in effect, informed the presidential office in Kiev on Wednesday evening. The agreement was reached in the framework of a meeting of the Trilateral contact group (TKG), which take place under the auspices of the OSCE negotiator, the Swiss diplomat, Heidi gray, up to the pandemic every two weeks in the Belarusian Minsk, but since then about Video. Thus, the provisions of the Paris summit of December 2019 come closer to their realization. There, the heads of state or government of the Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany had negotiated in the so-called "Normandy Format" on the peace process for the Eastern Ukraine.

the 450-kilometre-long "line of Contact" in Eastern Ukraine the Ukrainian army on the one hand, the Russian and Pro-Russian fighters stand opposite since 2014, two non-recognized "people's republics" on the other. The additional measures are now, according to the OSCE, above all, a ban on all use of fire weapons, drones, attack and sabotage acts, as well as the placement of "heavy weapons" in and around residential areas.

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In the event of contravention disciplinary action "shall" be enforced, and also the leadership of the TKG will be informed, who then informs all of the participants of the TKG. It was also agreed that in the case of acts of aggression of one side only, these mechanisms must be used before "against the fire" is allowed, and this is permitted only on the orders of the leadership of the respective commander-in-chief of the army or the fighters. "On the issue of such commands, the TKG is to be informed." This scheme is not allowed, not even by "secret orders", will be run. Thus, in the hybrid war should be just on the side of the fighters unclear command structures, now more transparency and strict accountability will be introduced.

Updated Date: 23 July 2020, 11:19

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