- Sputnik International
Get the latest news from around the world, live coverage, off-beat stories, features and analysis.

OSCE: East Ukraine's Donbass Showing Signs of 'Frozen Conflict'

© Flickr / OSCE_SMMUOSCE SMM monitoring the movement of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine
OSCE SMM monitoring the movement of heavy weaponry in eastern Ukraine - Sputnik International
OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier claims that the crisis in eastern Ukraine is showing signs of the so-called "frozen conflict".

Monitors of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine in Shirokine village, walk along a path on April 14, 2015 on the outskirts of the strategic port city of Mariupol - Sputnik International
OSCE Mulls Sending 100 Extra Monitors to Ukraine
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) – The crisis in eastern Ukraine is showing signs of the so-called "frozen conflict," Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Secretary General Lamberto Zannier said.

"We see local police, with local uniforms, with emblems that remind us in some way some of the things we have seen in other that we call in OSCE ‘frozen conflicts,’" Zannier told reporters at the United Nations.

The official compared the situation in the Donbass region to the events in Transistria, a region with a predominantly Russian and Ukrainian population which broke away from the Soviet republic of Moldova in 1990.

"At the same time however the conflict is not freezing. We are not in the frozen conflict situation because the combats continue on the front line," Zannier stressed.

Kiev authorities launched a military operation against independence militias in eastern Ukraine in 2014. The confrontation has claimed over 9,000 lives, according to the UN estimates.

The OSCE has been tasked with monitoring the implementation of the Minsk deal provisions, which include a full ceasefire, a weapons withdrawal from the line of contact, an all-for-all prisoner exchange, constitutional reforms, including a decentralization of power in the country, and granting special status to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

To participate in the discussion
log in or register
Заголовок открываемого материала