DONETSK, October 11 (RIA Novosti) - The border demarcation between the Ukrainian forces and eastern Ukraine independence supporters will pass along the line of contact of September 19, the Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Alexander Zakharchenko stated Saturday.
Zakharchenko said at the Saturday briefing that the "line of contact as of September 19" was chosen as the basis for the demarcation line.
"We have signed an agreement this Thursday with the Lieutenant General Yuri Dumanski. There was a big difficulty to draw the line: each side would like [to choose] a better position, a better city. A joint trip to the front line was taken, the [demarcation] line was determined," Zakharchenko stated.
Yuri Dumanski, deputy chief of the Ukrainian army's general staff, heads the Ukrainian part of the joint center, which is coordinating the border line with the independence supporters.
Started in mid-April, armed conflict in southeastern Ukraine has claimed almost 3,700 lives, according to the United Nations. During the meeting of a Contact Group on Ukraine held on September 5 in Minsk, pro-Kiev forces and supporters of southeastern Ukraine’s independence agreed on a ceasefire, which came into effect that same day. Both sides have since accused each other of violating the ceasefire, however, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe stated that the agreement was mostly respected.
Another meeting of the group held later in September resulted in a memorandum, specifying the implementation of the ceasefire. The document particularly includes a clause on the establishment of a 18-mile buffer zone between the Kiev forces and independence supporters.