OSCE: Russia wants demilitarized zone for Donbas

11:45, 10 February 2015
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Russia has called for a demilitarized zone to be set up in south-eastern Ukraine, the OSCE special observation mission in Ukraine reported on Monday, according to Ukrainian television’s Espreso.TV channel.


"The Ukrainian major general who heads the Ukrainian side of the joint control center on a ceasefire and the Russian major general who represents the Russian armed forces in the center told the media of a Russian initiative to establish a demilitarized zone in the east of Ukraine. The information was sent to Russian and Ukrainian headquarters for further discussion," the report says.

As UNIAN reported earlier, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said that a “frozen conflict” would not be the worst option for the Donbas.

According to Zannier, a way now has to be found to de-escalate the situation.

"It all depends on the policy of the leaders, who have to try to find a way out,” he said.

"In eastern Ukraine, we, as the international community, unfortunately, have failed in this. Therefore, we continue to have an active conflict with a narrative that in the future may become even more difficult, if we cannot change it and achieve a ceasefire."

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