Ukraine ceasefire holding, says OSCE head




 
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March 6th, 2015  
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Topic: Ukraine ceasefire holding, says OSCE head


By Aija Krutaine RIGA (Reuters) - The ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is holding and overall hostilities have dropped, the head of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) said on Friday. "My assessment is that the ceasefire is, all in all, holding, but there are violations," Lamberto Zannier told Reuters in an interview, adding that violations were mainly small arms fire. "In some cases it is mortars, but it's weapons with small calibres," Zannier said on the sidelines of an EU foreign ministers' meeting in Riga. "So we donít see violations in terms of use of large artillery systems, and we have seen those being moved." Russia and Ukraine have agreed to double the number of OSCE observers to 1,000 from 500 to monitor the ceasefire agreed last month in Minsk, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said on Friday.




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