The Levant – – Ukraine’s military over the past 24 hours violated the ceasefire regime for six times in the self-proclaimed Lugansk People’s Republic (LPR), the people’s militia said on Sunday.
“No victims have been reported,” the representative said. “Six violations were registered between 6a.m. on September 18 and 6a.m. on September 19.”
On September 12, in Berlin, foreign ministers of the Normandy Four (Russia, Germany, France, Ukraine) discussed settlement of the conflict in Ukraine. Despite of no evident progress, the parties were positive about the talks. Russia’s Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he had a positive impression from the talks. “There have been certain arguments concerning the order of steps regarding the constitutional reform, the necessary actions from Kiev’s authorities in providing a permanent special status for Donbass, but the arguments we had, I believe, have been heard.”
Germany’s Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said “as before, it was not easy, however, I can say with relief that there has been less confrontation than before. We have been able to move forward on some issues,” he said. The talks also showed “how difficult every step forward was. What we have achieved today was a result of hard work and must be implemented by the Contact Group.” “There is hope that today’s meeting will contribute to defusing tensions in eastern Ukraine and also that it was part of preparations for the “Four’s” summit due on October 2,” the German foreign minister said.