Ukraine security body to make reports whether truce observed

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council has promised to issue reports on whether a ceasefire enforcement memorandum agreed by the trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk early on Saturday is being complied with.

Ukraine's National Security and Defense Council has promised to issue reports on whether a ceasefire enforcement memorandum agreed by the trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine at a meeting in Minsk early on Saturday is being complied with.

"We will provide information on the implementation of this memorandum. At the moment we can't see any unfeasible points either in the protocol of September 5 or in the memorandum on its enforcement," council spokesman Volodymyr Polyovy told a briefing in Kiev.

Polyovy read out the main points of the memorandum.

One clause prescribes that, within 24 hours of the signature of the memorandum, both sides remove weapons with a caliber of more than 100 millimeters to a minimum distance of 15 kilometers (9,8 miles) from the front line with a security zone of at least 30 kilometers (18,6 miles) wide being created.

Another clause mandates that the two sides remove minefields in what will be the security zone and prohibits setting up new minefields there.

The memorandum also bans with immediate effect flights by warplanes over what will be the security zone and flights by all foreign aircraft over it except for those belonging to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

The OSCE would post monitors in the ceasefire zone, which is to be divided into sectors within 24 hours of signing the memorandum.

All foreign troops, militants, mercenaries and weapons are to be withdrawn from Ukrainian territory under OSCE supervision.

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