sexta-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2015

Ukraine: OSCE guard heavy weapons withdrawal

The Ukrainian Army has begun to withdraw the heavy weapons from the front line, in the East of the country, where the cease-fire seems to be gaining ground.

The first phase of withdrawal, which includes 100 mm cannons, is being watched by observers from the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe.

A spokesman for the Army explains that the situation calmed down in Lugansk and Donetsk, Debaltseve, where "you can hardly see the downfalls of projectiles", but adds that "there were shots fired against military positions in the region of Mariupol, in particular in the village of Shyrokino. There, there were both attempts to attack Ukrainian forces, as the village itself ".

The United States fear that the coastal city of Mariupol is the next target of the separatist pró-russos.

The rebel side, the self-proclaimed spokesman of Donetsk Republic accuses the Ukrainian Army to "continue to strengthen positions on the frontline" and says that "separatist positions were targeted, [...] near Shyrokino, Ukrainian forces ", an area" where the situation remains tense. "

Despite the relative calm, sporadic clashes and shots they fear for the fragile ceasefire.

Rodrigo Barbosa | With AFP

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