31 Jan 2018 19:33

Next attempt at disengagement near Stanytsia Luhanska could be made on Feb 1-2 - OSCE representative

MINSK. Jan 31 (Interfax) - Disengagement near Stanytsia Luhanska will be carried out this Thursday or Friday, Martin Sajdik, the special representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on Ukraine, said.

Citing information received from Ukraine, Sajdik said he hoped that the scheduled disengagement will take place on February 1 or 2 and the ceasefire will be introduced in Stanytsia Luhanska.

There have been dozens of unsuccessful attempts at disengagement in the area, the last one was on January 21, 2018.

Speaking to reporters after a TCG meeting in Minsk on Wednesday Sajdik also stated that he hopes the mandate of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission will be extended.

The annual mandate expires on March 31.