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    Donetsk, Lugansk supports Russia's proposal for UN mission

    September 7, 2017 - Fort Russ News - Paul Antonopoulos

    The self-proclaimed People’s Republics of Donetsk and Lugansk support Russia’s proposal to deploy UN peacekeepers along the contact line in Donbass after the heavy weapons pullout and ceasefire, Boris Gryzlov, Russia’s Permanent Representative to the Contact Group seeking a peace solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine, said on Wednesday according to TASS.

    "Today we have been discussing possible deployment of the UN mission that will ensure security of the OSCE mission in Donbass. The Russian delegation has confirmed its stance that the contingent should be deployed along the line of engagement. Simultaneously, heavy weapons and troops should be pulled back from the line of engagement in advance," Gryzlov said.

    "Representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk have supported this idea of the UN contingent deployment," Gryzlov said.

    "The first twelve days of the back-to-school ceasefire showed that if the parties demonstrate goodwill, it is possible to minimize the number of shelling attacks and improve the safety of civilians," he said. 

    "The number of civilians crossing the line of contact through checkpoints has been increasing, which proves that the situation is improving," the Russian envoy added.

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