OSCE Monitors to Visit Debaltseve on February 22
OSCE Monitors to Visit Debaltseve on February 22 © Sputnik/ Irina Gerashchenko
20:32 19.02.2015(updated 22:42 19.02.2015)
MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe’s (OSCE) will be able to visit the town on Debaltseve on February 22, the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republics’s chief peace negotiator said Thursday.
“They [OSCE monitors] have not tried going there yet,” Vladislav Deinego told RIA Novosti.
“Today, they submitted an application for February 22, and.. we will guarantee their safety, as we already fully control the situation there, and they will be able to travel there without any obstacles,” he added.
The OSCE earlier stated that its monitors have been unable to visit Debaltseve. However, according to Deinego, OSCE monitors “have not tried going there yet.”
The town of Debaltseve, a key transport hub located between the two breakaway regions of Donetsk and Luhansk, has seen heavy fighting between Kiev-led troops and local militia. Thousands of Ukrainian troops have been encircled in the town in recent weeks.
A renewed ceasefire agreement between Kiev and eastern Ukrainian militia, outlined during a meeting of the leaders of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany last week, entered into force over the weekend.