Head of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM) Ambassador Ertugrul Apakan, echoing call by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office and Serbian Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic, has urged to establish a three-day truce in eastern Ukraine, OSCE press office reports.
"Apakan urged all sides to stop the shelling of residential areas and all other military activities and establish a temporary truce that would allow for the immediate evacuation of the civilian population," reads the message.
According to the ambassador, the SMM stands ready to facilitate and support the truce, which should take effect immediately and stay in place for a minimum of three days.
In addition, Apakan called upon all parties to work towards a sustainable cease-fire and full implementation of the Minsk documents.
"The people in eastern Ukraine have suffered enough. The only way to bring peace is for all parties to return to the negotiating table and engage in earnest to put the Minsk agreements into full effect," he emphasized.