Kyiv, December 9, 2014 – The General Staff of the Armed Forces of Ukraine announced the commencement of the ceasefire in a combat zone in Eastern Ukraine. Colonel General, Chief of the General Staff – Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine Viktor Muzhenko announced this at a press briefing in the Ukrainian Crisis Media Center. “Ceasefire in the East of Ukraine is introduced sine die. We did quite a lot of work on coordination of all matters related to the ceasefire. And we came to the conclusion that we have certain guarantees that this regime will be carried out. Unfortunately, there are already two cases of violation of ceasefire – two attacks near Debaltsevo since 10 o’clock in the morning, “- said Colonel General Victor Muzhenko.
Ukrainian side does not specify “the ceasefire” end date, but reserves the right to adequately respond to the terrorist fire. According to the Chief of the General Staff of Armed Forces, the implementation of other measures for stabilization of the situation in the East of Ukraine could be discussed only after “we have guarantees that the fire actually stopped.”
Since the 5th of September, from the beginning of the truce which was agreed upon during a trilateral meeting in Minsk, 192 Ukrainian military men were killed. “Total losses of soldiers today, since the 5th of September, make 192 persons” – says Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces Victor Muzhenko.