Donetsk, Dec 3 – DAN. The DPR and LPR have drafted a Contact Group statement on mechanisms of reinforcing the ceasefire regime and implementation of measures to strengthen the truce, the DPR delegation to the Minsk talks said.

"Because of Ukraine's idleness at the talks, and its growing aggression towards Donbass the security crisis has simmered to the lid. The escalation must be stopped by diplomatic efforts. In connection with the above mentioned, we have developed a draft statement of the Contact Group on mechanisms of implementation of measures to strengthen the truce dated July 22, 2020, the document has been sent to the participants of the negotiations," the statement reads.

The new document includes concrete steps to make Ukraine commit to its obligations. Kiev is expected to officially rebut statements of military commanders allowing personnel to open fire on their discretion. The mechanism of verification and prevention of violations on the basis of prompt direct coordination of actions.

The Additional Measures to Strengthen the Ceasefire were signed at the Contact Group meeting on July 22 to reinforce and control the indefinite ceasefire in effect since July 21, 2019, the latest in the series of more than 20 reconfirmation and announcements of the “silence regime”. The package came into effect on July 27. *ot