The declaration, adopted by 57 OSCE participating states, expressed “serious concern over the military escalation in recent days in eastern Ukraine” and called “for an immediate ceasefire by all sides and the full implementation of the Minsk Protocol of 5 September 2014, and Memorandum of 19 September 2014.”
The Permanent Council, one of the main regular decision-making bodies of the Organization, convenes weekly in Vienna to discuss developments in the OSCE area and to make appropriate decisions.
The OSCE Permanent Council convened an emergency video conference on Tuesday, involving OSCE envoy to Ukraine Heidi Tagliavini and chief monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission Ertugrul Apakan.
According to the text of the declaration obtained by RIA Novosti, the OSCE Permanent Council urged all the signatories of the Minsk Protocol to hold a meeting as soon as possible to make progress toward the implementation of the agreements reached on September 5 and 19 last year.
The signatories of the Minsk agreements are Ukraine, Russia, the OSCE and representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk republics.
The OSCE Permanent Council also expressed concern over the escalation in eastern Ukraine over the past few days.
Over the weekend, Kiev shelled residential areas in eastern Ukraine. On Monday, a senior commander of the armed militia in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) said that more than 30 civilians, including children, were killed on Sunday in the city of Horlivka in the Donbas region in a series of airstrikes carried out by Ukrainian combat jets.