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DNR urged not to allow the failure of Kiev agreements on truce

The envoy of the self-proclaimed Donetsk national Republic in the contact group, foreign Minister DND Natalia Nikonorova called on the guarantors of the Minsk agreements and the international community to prevent the failure of the Kiev agreements on additional measures to ensure the truce in the Donbass.

Earlier the President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky said that the contact group agreed to additional measures to ensure the truce in the Donbass must be signed by the representatives of the countries-participants of the Normandy format (Ukraine, Russia, France, Germany).

"We appeal to the guarantors of the Minsk agreements and to the entire international community to exert all possible influence on the head so as not to allow him to disrupt the agreement, from which depend the lives of thousands of people. We to implement all commitments ready, but it's not a one-way process - Ukraine also needs to show the will to implement peace agreements," added Nikonorova.

The contact group on Wednesday agreed to additional measures to secure truce in the Donbass. They include a ban on offensive and sabotage actions, the fire, including sniper, the placement of weapons in the settlements and disciplinary liability for violation of the ceasefire. The foreign Ministry of the DPR said that the orders to cease fire, containing measures for its maintenance should come into effect from 27 July until full settlement of the conflict.

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict were about 13 thousand people.

The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.