07:14 GMT09 August 2020
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    A group of Danish, Canadian, Moldovan and Polish inspectors have begun their work in southeast Ukraine's Donbass region.

    KIEV (Sputnik) — A group of Danish, Canadian, Moldovan and Polish inspectors have begun their work in southeast Ukraine's Donbass region, the country's special operation headquarters press service has announced.

    "A multinational inspection team from the Kingdom of Denmark, which includes representatives from Canada, Moldova and Poland, has started its work in eastern Ukraine," the operation's statement reads.

    It goes on to say the inspectors will evaluate the situation and seek ways out of the crisis in east Ukraine over the next two weeks. The group launched its work in the northern Donetsk city of Kramatorsk and is expected to submit a report of its findings to member states of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

    Disputed reports of shelling in Kramatorsk appeared in the run-up to the February 12 Minsk accords. President Petro Poroshenko accused independence supporters of firing Tornado missiles at the special operation's headquarters near the industrial town on February 10.

    A self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic headquarters commander moved swiftly to dismiss Poroshenko's claims.

    Nonetheless, the so-called Normandy Format group of Russian, German, French and Ukrainian leaders reached the 13-point deal that led the way to a ceasefire, prisoner exchanges and heavy arms withdrawals. Ukraine is also tasked with carrying out constitutional reforms, decentralize power and grant the independence-seeking regions of Donetsk and Lugansk special status before the end of 2015.

    Meanwhile, the Belarusian capital hosted on Wednesday representatives from Ukraine, Russia and OSCE for further reconciliation talks, which Russian envoy Azamat Kulmukhametov lauded as laying "serious foundation for further" conflict settlement.

    The so-called Contact Group on Ukraine is working to establish sub-groups that would oversee the enforcement of the Minsk accords.

    The Ukrainian conflict started in mid-April 2014, when government forces launched a military campaign against independence supporters in Donbass. The crisis led to over 6,000 casualties, according to the United Nations, and displaced nearly 650,000, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Center.


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