sexta-feira, 27 de fevereiro de 2015

Ukrainian army starts withdrawal of heavy weapons

Kiev's forces began to withdraw the heavy weapons from the front line, in Eastern Ukraine.

The announcement was made by the army, in a statement which explained that the first phase entails the withdrawal of 100 mm cannons. The process will be conducted "under the supervision of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe".

The ceasefire seems gaining ground, as explained by the spokeswoman for the OSCE mission, as if watching "the greater calm." However, he added "there is also still a range of violations of the truce, since the projectiles artillery hits and small arms".

The army stressed that, for the second consecutive day, suffered no casualties. The separatist side pró-russos, the heavy weapons also seem to be moving away from the front.

The relative calm contrasts with the tensions visible in the diplomatic field.

The Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that "all the calls to prosecute the rebels, to Russia and any other by the disrespect of the truce have only one goal: not to allow the situation to the path of political settlement."

Lavrov was reacting to statements by the US Secretary of State and the President of the European Council, which called for new sanctions against Moscow by posture in the Ukrainian crisis. The Kremlin rejected supporting the rebels militarily.

Rodrigo Barbosa | With AFP

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