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20 September 2017, 19:58

OSCE representative in Minsk group on Ukraine notes positive effect of school armistice

Martin Sajdik. An archive photo
Martin Sajdik. An archive photo

MINSK, 20 September (BelTA) – Thanks to the school armistice the number of ceasefire violations in Donbass has gone down, BelTA learned from Martin Sajdik, the OSCE's special representative in the trilateral contact group on Ukraine in Minsk.

During the media briefing Martin Sajdik described the situation in Ukraine's east after participants of the working group on Ukraine confirmed their dedication to a timeless ceasefire in view of the beginning of the school year. The average number of ceasefire violations remains below the figure registered before 25 August, when the school armistice began, noted the diplomat. “But we cannot but be concerned about trends of its changing,” he noted.

According to the report released by the OSCE's special monitoring mission to Ukraine, 442 civilians suffered from Ukraine's conflict zone in 2016, including 88 fatalities and 354 injured. As many as 34 children suffered from the conflict, with six kids dead and 28 injured. According to the source, as of 17 September this year's civilian victims include 383 people, with 68 people killed and 315 injured. It is absolutely unacceptable, stressed Martin Sajdik.

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