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18 July 2017, 16:29

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56 civilians killed in Donbass since beginning of 2017 - OSCE SMM

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine has recorded 56 deaths of civilians in the Donbass conflict since the beginning of 2017, OSCE SMM Deputy Chief Monitor Alexander Hug told a news briefing in Lugansk on Tuesday.

“Since the beginning of this year, the OSCE SMM has registered at least 311 civilian casualties, including 56 killed civilians and 255 injured,” Hug said.

“Of the 311 civilian casualties, 76 were casualties as a result of mines or unexploded ordnances,” he added.

The members of the Contact Group have announced ceasefire for more than ten times since autumn 2014. Kiev forces regularly violated the truce opening fire with large caliber artillery, mortars and tank guns which were to have been withdrawn in accordance with the Minsk agreements.

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on 12 February 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by its 2202 Resolution and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 July — Lugansk