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Ukraine announces conditions for demilitarization of Shyrokyne in Donbas

The Ukrainian side is ready to ensure demilitarization of the village of Shyrokyne in Donetsk region provided there is a complete ceasefire for a defined period of time, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry reported.

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"Representatives of the Ukrainian side of the Joint Center for Control and Coordination (JCCC) of the ceasefire and stabilization of the situation along the line of contact in Donbas have carried out a scheduled working visit to the village of Shyrokyne in Donetsk region. Its objective was to identify additional measures to ensure a complete ceasefire on problem stretches of the line of contact in Shyrokyne and surrounding areas," the ministry said in an announcement on its website.

In addition, on the agenda were issues of demilitarization of the village and the deployment of a permanent point of observation, which would include representatives of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and Russia, and the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine.

"The JCCC's Ukrainian team has presented key provisions of the Shyrokyne demilitarization proposals to Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE SMM to Ukraine Alexander Hug during the tripartite working meeting. The Ukrainian side said it was ready to ensure the demilitarization of the area on condition of a complete ceasefire for a defined period of time. Among other things, it will let [the JCCC] deploy a permanent observation point," the statement said.

What is more, the Ukrainian side suggests installing internet cameras in the village, which is expected to let the OSCE SMM more efficiently monitor how the ceasefire is observed there.

The Azov regiment earlier announced it was against the demilitarization of Shyrokyne, describing this step as irresponsible and harmful.

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