Berlin demands to let OSCE observers monitor Debaltseve

The OSCE observers should get access to the demarcation line under the "Minsk II" peace accords, providing for removal of heavy weaponry by the parties starting from Tuesday.

This has been announced today by German government spokesman Steffen Seibert, commenting on a telephone conversation between German chancellor Angela Merkel, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and president of Russia Vladimir Putin, an Ukrinform correspondent reports.

"Given the situation in Debaltseve, where the cease-fire has not been observed since Sunday, the concrete steps should be agreed to make it possible for the OSCE to observe the current situation," Seibert has said.

In addition, he has reminded that removal of heavy weaponry should start on Tuesday in accordance with the schedule.

The spokesman has also said that Merkel and Poroshenko appealed to Putin to "exercise his influence on militants in order to stop the fire."

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