The ceasefire agreement between Ukrainian troops and so-called separatists in the country’s eastern Donbass region is monitored by the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).
Euronews spoke with Alexander Hug from the OSCE
Alexander Hug, OSCE: “What is certain is that the ingredients for the flair up are still there, the heavy weapons are still present on both sides of the line and the positions are far too close. An escalation as we had it at the end of January beginning February is any time possible.”
Euronews: “Now with the coming of spring, do you see it slightly being alleviated or is it still getting worse?”
Alexander Hug, OSCE: “Rather the opposite. The civilian population suffers now in the third winter in a row in this conflict. Most of these victims have been injured or killed by shrapnel that means by weapons that should not be there, should have long been withdrawn. It’s about time now that the sides adhere to what have long agreed to, to withdraw these weapons and disengage at the contact line so that the civilians can go back to their normal lives.”
Meanwhile there is no process for those living in Donbass to apply for a Ukrainian passport . They can only obtain passports issued by the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics.