31 Jul 2019 20:52

No civilian victims in Donbas since truce started on July 21 - Sajdik

MINSK. July 31 (Interfax) - There have been no civilian victims since the introduction of the last truce in the Donbas conflict zone, the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe's special representative in the Trilateral Contact Group, Martin Sajdik, said.

"The truce, agreed at the previous TCG [Trilateral Contact Group], has produced significant results. Over this time [since July 21] not a single civilian victim as a consequence of gunfire has been registered," Sajdik told journalists in Minsk on Wednesday.

The number of ceasefire violations dropped significantly, he said.

"I strongly urge to continue to comply with [the truce] in full and I remind that it is indefinite," Sajdik said.

At its meeting today the TCG continued to discuss issues related to the preparation for a future prisoner exchange, he said. "The discussion of this topic proved constructive again," Sajdik said.

Meanwhile, the press center for the Joint Forces Operation (JFO) said on Wednesday evening that Donbas militia had violated the current truce five times since midnight.

The enemy used 82mm mortars prohibited by the Minsk agreements and fired various grenades and small arms against Ukrainian positions; there were no losses on Ukrainian side, the JFO said on Facebook.

All five attacks were recorded within the responsibility area of the Vostok (East) operational-tactical group: near Pisky, Vodiane, Lebedinske and Shyrokyne.