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    OSCE Sees Decrease of Hostilities in Eastern Ukraine

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    Violence has reduced in the eastern Ukraine, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told Sputnik on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York.

    UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) reports the violence has reduced in the eastern Ukraine, OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier told Sputnik on the sidelines of UN General Assembly in New York.

    “What we are seeing today is that there has been all in all decrease of the hostilities,” Zannier stated. “The ceasefire is still with a number of violations. But yesterday, for instance, it was holding pretty well. That's, I think, is a positive development.”

    Zannie noted that it is difficult to tell which side violates the ceasefire more.

    “If one side violates, the other side tends to react. But, as I said, these days it has been better. I don’t want to point fingers against anybody. I really hope that a few violations can also stop,” he explained.

    Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeast in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a coup.

    In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in Minsk. Despite the fact that the deal stipulated a full ceasefire in Donbas, violations both on the part of Kiev forces and local militia have been reported.

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