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    OSCE Chair Condemns Ceasefire Violations in Ukraine

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    OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Ivica Dacic said in a statement Sunday that he condemned recent violations of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The OSCE head reiterated his call for both sides of the Ukraine conflict to “fully and unconditionally" respect the ceasefire, and expressed particular concern over the use of proscribed heavy weapons, as well as the increased fighting in and around Donetsk and the village of Shirokino near Mariupol.

    “At this moment, it is essential for the political process to gain momentum, and I call all sides to invest all possible efforts towards that end.”

    On Saturday, Donbass republics said Kiev-led forces had resumed shelling of the strategically important Donetsk airport, also striking nearby settlements.

    Earlier on Sunday, Donetsk health officials informed that 6 members of the local militia had been admitted to hospitals with various injuries, while the the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic itself accused Kiev authorities of disrupting the search for bodies at the frontline with continued attacks.

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    After Minsk: Will Peace Come to Ukraine? (1049)

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