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East Ukraine Railway Demining Schedule Expected Next Week - OSCE

© AFP 2022 / ALEKSEY FILIPPOVMembers of OSCE Mission control the withdrawal of heavy weapons of independence supporters from the line of contact with Ukrainian forces near the western Ukrainian city of Donetsk on July 19, 2015
Members of OSCE Mission control the withdrawal of heavy weapons of independence supporters from the line of contact with Ukrainian forces near the western Ukrainian city of Donetsk on July 19, 2015 - Sputnik International
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The Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation’s economic subgroup agreed to unveil the demining schedule of east Ukrainian railway lines next week, the OSCE special representative in the trilateral group said Tuesday.

MINSK (Sputnik) – An OSCE coordinator of the humanitarian subgroup, Toni Frisch, visited Lugansk to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground two weeks ago.

"The schedule to demine and restore communication along the Nikitovka-Mayorsk railway section will be prepared next week."

He elaborated that the section plays a key role in ensuring the supply of coal, adding that all sides in the conflict will be involved in its restoration, including Donetsk railway.

Sajdik also reported that the humanitarian subgroup agreed on the need to restore the work of checkpoints across the line of contact in the Lugansk region. The checkpoints are currently closed to pedestrian and vehicle movement.

"Every effort must be made to ensure the secure supply of the population living directly along the contact line with humanitarian aid."

Contact Group Agrees on Expert Inspection of East Ukraine Water Supply Sites

One of the Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation’s four subgroups agreed on expert evaluation of water supply facilities in the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR), the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) special representative in the trilateral group said.

“Experts will visit and assess two water supply sites in Donetsk and Lugansk regions,” Martin Sajdik told reporters.

He stressed that all sides in the conflict are interested in the smooth operation of the sites because they supply both sides of the line of contact with water.

LPR envoy to the group Vladislav Deinego, in turn, assessed the results of the economic subgroup's work as "relatively serious." He added that the experts are expected to bring the water supply restoration issue to a pre-project phase.

"These questions are at the technical processing stage. There is hope that the economic team will work more efficiently than others."

The subgroups on political, economic, security and humanitarian issues were outlined in the Minsk ceasefire agreement worked out by the Russian, German, French and Ukrainian leaders and signed by the sides to the Ukrainian conflict.

The four subgroups began their marathon work in the Belarusian capital Minsk on Monday afternoon. The Belarusian Foreign Ministry's press secretary later said the security subgroup is expected to resume work early Tuesday.

© AP Photo / Mstyslav ChernovDonbass militiaman rests at his position inside the Donetsk airport, eastern Ukraine. June 9, 2015.
Donbass militiaman rests at his position inside the Donetsk airport, eastern Ukraine. June 9, 2015. - Sputnik International
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Donbass militiaman rests at his position inside the Donetsk airport, eastern Ukraine. June 9, 2015.
© REUTERS / Gleb GaranichA boy sits on a swing near a building, which was damaged during fighting between Kiev and Donbass forces, as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) of the Ukrainian armed forces is seen nearby in Avdeyevka near Donetsk. June 7, 2015.
A boy sits on a swing near a building, which was damaged during fighting between Kiev and Donbass forces, as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) of the Ukrainian armed forces is seen nearby in Avdeyevka near Donetsk. June 7, 2015. - Sputnik International
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A boy sits on a swing near a building, which was damaged during fighting between Kiev and Donbass forces, as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) of the Ukrainian armed forces is seen nearby in Avdeyevka near Donetsk. June 7, 2015.
© AFP 2022 / ALEKSEY CHERNYSHEVServiceman of Ukrainian volonteers battalion of Donbass prepares a machine gun on the positions near the village of Shirokine, Donetsk region on June 6, 2015
Serviceman of Ukrainian volonteers battalion of Donbass prepares a machine gun on the positions near the village of Shirokine, Donetsk region on June 6, 2015 - Sputnik International
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Serviceman of Ukrainian volonteers battalion of Donbass prepares a machine gun on the positions near the village of Shirokine, Donetsk region on June 6, 2015
© Sputnik / Mikhail Voskresensky / Go to the photo bankResidents of Gorlovka take shelter in a basement of a building from the artillery shelling by the Ukrainian Army. The shelter was made by self-defense fighters for the civilian population.
Update on Gorlovka in Donetsk Region - Sputnik International
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Residents of Gorlovka take shelter in a basement of a building from the artillery shelling by the Ukrainian Army. The shelter was made by self-defense fighters for the civilian population.
© Sputnik / John Trast / Go to the photo bankAn apartment building in Debaltsevo destroyed by shelling.
Donbas update - Sputnik International
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An apartment building in Debaltsevo destroyed by shelling.
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Donbass militiaman rests at his position inside the Donetsk airport, eastern Ukraine. June 9, 2015.
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A boy sits on a swing near a building, which was damaged during fighting between Kiev and Donbass forces, as an armoured personnel carrier (APC) of the Ukrainian armed forces is seen nearby in Avdeyevka near Donetsk. June 7, 2015.
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Serviceman of Ukrainian volonteers battalion of Donbass prepares a machine gun on the positions near the village of Shirokine, Donetsk region on June 6, 2015
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Residents of Gorlovka take shelter in a basement of a building from the artillery shelling by the Ukrainian Army. The shelter was made by self-defense fighters for the civilian population.
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An apartment building in Debaltsevo destroyed by shelling.

 

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