OSCE: Ukrainian army, Luhansk militants agree on ceasefire from December 5
The special monitoring mission of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe on Tuesday said that representatives of the Ukrainian and Russian military command, along with representatives of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic, have agreed to a ceasefire from December 5.
According to a report of the press service of the OSCE mission in Ukraine, on November 29, the leaders of the Ukrainian and Russian sides of the Joint Center for Monitoring and Coordination of the ceasefire in the east of Ukraine had a meeting in Luhansk with the presence of special monitoring mission observers.
The Ukrainian side was represented by the Chairman of the Ukrainian contingent, Lieutenant-General Volodymyr Askarov, and the Russian side was represented by the Head of the Russian representation in the south-east of Ukraine, Lieutenant-General Aleksandr Lentsov. Representatives of the LPR were also present at the meeting.
The parties continued to discuss aspects of the withdrawal of troops along the line of demarcation in accordance with a previous agreement of November 13.
"However, all parties have agreed that a full ceasefire along the line of contact between the Ukrainian Armed Forces and Russian-backed insurgents would start from December 5," the OSCE mission said.
"The representatives of the LPR insisted they have control over all units of Russian Cossacks in the parts of Ukraine they have seized, who would also comply with the agreement. They also agreed that the withdrawal of heavy weapons from December 6," the OSCE report reads.
As UNIAN reported earlier, on November 14, the OSCE mission said that on November 13 the Ukrainian and Russian military agreed on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the demarcation line in the Donbas.
"The draft document, which they signed at the end of the meeting, included three phases: a ceasefire within two days; the removal of heavy weapons within five days, and the disengagement of forces from the line of contact, according to the Minsk Protocol, within 21 days," a special monitoring mission of the OSCE reported.
In its turn, on November 15, the National Security Council and Defense of Ukraine said that the statement of the OSCE monitoring mission on the Ukrainian-Russian agreement on the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the line of demarcation in the Donbas was not final, but a draft one.