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OSCE says truce "extremely fragile"

The fact that there are more casualties in the Donbas conflict zone indicates that the truce is extremely fragile, Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine Alexander Hug said in an interview with Deutsche Welle.

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According to Hug, the OSCE monitors have once again recorded casualties in the last two weeks. Not as a result of an accident or a landmine blast, but because of the ongoing confrontation. In recent days, the situation has improved, but the fact that people are dying indicates that the truce is extremely fragile, he said.

Every effort should be made to keep weapons away from the demarcation line, Hug stressed.

OSCE: "Misbehaving" Russian observer dismissed from Ukraine missionHe also said that the areas near the contact line were strewn with mines and unexploded ordnance.

Hug said that the areas near Donetsk airport, in the village of Shyrokyne, both banks of the river in the village of Stanytsia Luhanska were problematic in this sense. The OSCE monitors are trying to convince both sides that the mined areas should be fenced and the civilians should learn how to behave in such circumstances. In his words, the monitors are doing everything to mobilize each of the parties to conduct landmine clearance.

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