A new ceasefire regime, which was agreed upon by the Trilateral Contact Group during Minsk peace talks began to operate in Donbas at 00:01 Kyiv time on July 27.
In particular, servicemen who have experience of participating in peacekeeping missions were sent to Donbas to ensure the ceasefire, the Hromadske media outlet said.
Before the new agreements came into force, President Volodymyr Zelensky had a phone call with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin. This is their first conversation in the past five months.
So, the following rules came into force on July 27:
- a ban on offensive, reconnaissance and subversive activities, as well as a ban on the use of any types of aircraft;
- a ban on the use of fire, in particular sniper fire;
- a ban on the deployment of heavy weapons in populated localities and the surrounding area, in particular at civilian infrastructure: schools, kindergartens, hospitals and facilities with public access;
- the effective use of disciplinary measures for violations of the ceasefire and reporting them to the coordinator of the TCG, who will inform all its participants;
- creation and engagement of a coordinating mechanism to respond to violations of the ceasefire regime with the assistance of the Joint Center on Control and Coordination of the ceasefire and stabilization of the contact line (JCCC) in its current composition.
Senior military officers and President Zelensky say the new truce does not mean that the Ukrainian military will not be able to return fire in response to enemy attacks.
As UNIAN reported earlier, participants in the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine, Russia, OSCE) on the peace settlement in Donbas on July 22 agreed on a complete and comprehensive ceasefire on the contact line from 00:01 on Monday, July 27.