OSCE records over 900 ceasefire violations in Donbas

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KIEV, Sept. 4 (Xinhua) -- The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) Special Monitoring Mission has recorded 908 violations in Donbas in East Ukraine since the beginning of the ceasefire on July 27, Ukrinform news agency reported on Friday.

Despite the violations recorded by the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission, the Ukrainian side declared that the ceasefire in Donbas was generally respected, since the shelling was not systematic.

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky praised the effort of Ukrainian soldiers and recalled that there had been no wounded or dead at the frontline while giving a speech during Independence Day on Aug. 24.

Later on Friday, Ukrainian Foreign Minister Dmytro Kuleba said that a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Normandy Four countries (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia) could take place in September to further resolve the situation in Donbas.

The representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE agreed on establishing a complete and comprehensive ceasefire in East Ukraine on July 27 during a Trilateral Contact Group video conference on July 22.

The agreement calls for a ban on offensive and reconnaissance actions, the use of firearms, as well as the use of disciplinary measures for violations of the ceasefire.

The ongoing conflict in East Ukraine, which has claimed the lives of some 13,000 people and left as many as 30,000 wounded, began in April 2014. Enditem

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