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Donetsk, Luhansk Agree to Permanent OSCE Monitoring at Ten Hotspots

© AP Photo / Dmitry LovetskyA member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission to Ukraine watches a drone take off during a test flight
A member of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) mission to Ukraine watches a drone take off during a test flight - Sputnik International
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The self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR) agreed to the Ukrainian proposal to organise permanent monitoring by OSCE representatives at ten most problematic areas along the line of contact.

Ukrainian artillery is at a position outside of the village of Luhanske, some 20 kilometers (14 miles) north of Debaltseve, Ukraine, Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2015 - Sputnik International
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KIEV (Sputnik) – The self-proclaimed people’s republics of Donetsk and Luhansk (DPR and LPR) have agreed to a proposal by Kiev to organize permanent OSCE monitoring at ten hotspots along the line of contact, a spokesman for the Kiev negotiator said Tuesday.

“The Ukrainian side suggested permanent OSCE monitoring at ten most problematic areas along the line of contact. Representatives of Donetsk and Luhansk have agreed to the proposal,” Dariia Olifer, a spokeswoman for Ukrainian ex-president and reconciliation negotiator Leonid Kuchma, wrote in her Facebook account.

The Ukrainian Foreign Ministry welcomed the move, saying it “may become a key factor for creating conditions needed for final peace settlement in eastern Ukraine.”

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The ceasefire in east Ukraine came into force on February 15, three days after German, French, Russian and Ukrainian leaders hammered out a set of measures aimed at putting an end to the conflict in the region.

Apart from a ceasefire, the agreement included withdrawal of heavy weapons from the contact line in order to establish a buffer zone and an "all-for-all" prisoner exchange.

Kiev launched military operations against independence supporters in the eastern Ukraine regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in April 2014. The confrontation has claimed more than 6,000 civilian lives, according to the latest UN estimates.

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