World’s largest regional security body OSCE says parties set to revive eastern Ukraine truce,

Russia, Ukraine and the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have agreed to restore a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine where Kiev is fighting Russia-backed separatists, the OSCE said.

Kiev has been battling a pro-Moscow insurgency in two breakaway regions bordering Russia since 2014, shortly after the Kremlin annexed Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula.

Western countries accuse Russia of having massed around 100,000 troops near Ukraine’s borders and accuse Moscow of planning a winter invasion.

The United States has warned the Kremlin of unprecedented sanctions should it launch an attack.

”I was delighted that participants expressed their strong determination to fully adhere to the measures to strengthen the ceasefire agreement of 22 July 2020,” OSCE chairman-in-office in Ukraine, Mikko Kinnunen, said in a statement late on Wednesday (Dec 22).

”This is of utmost significance for the people living on both sides of the contact line,” Kinnunen added. Läs artikel