Today, July 26, in Berlin the Political Directors of the Foreign Ministries of the Normandy Four countries will discuss the involvement of UN peacekeeping forces to resolve the conflict in the Donbas.
This information was provided by the Special Representative of the OSCE Chairman-in-Office in Ukraine and the TCG Martin Sajdik late last night following the meeting in Minsk, according to a press release on the OSCE website.
“As you know, tomorrow (26.07.2018) Berlin will host Normandy Four meeting on the level of Political Directors. In the spirit of my previous statements, I would like to welcome the fact that the possible involvement of UN forces to resolve the conflict in the east of Ukraine will be the tomorrow's topic of discussion,” Sajdik said.
Martin Sajdik further noted the positive developments in the conflict area after the announcement of the "Harvest ceasefire". Thus, according to the preliminary data of the OSCE SMM, since July 1, 2018, the number of violations of the ceasefire regime has decreased significantly, as well the number of civilian casualties. In particular, at the moment there have been no recorded deaths among the civilian population since the beginning of the latest ceasefire.
Sajdik also recalled that the total number of civilian casualties this year, compared to the same period last year, decreased more than twofold.
"I would like to remind you that the total number of civilian casualties this year has dropped by more than half compared to the same period of the previous year. I hope that these notable trends shall continue, and I call on the sides to strictly adhere to the ceasefire in the future," the Special Representative stated.
Earlier it was reported that, as of mid-July, the OSCE SMM in Ukraine had recorded 150 civilian casualties in the conflict zone in the Donbas, including 29 dead and 121 wounded.