Ukraine conflict: Security in east deteriorating, say observers

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The BBC reported on the 20 January 2015 that OSCE observers in eastern Ukraine had warned of a serious deterioration in security as fighting intensified in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine continued to monitor the implementation of the provisions of the Minsk Protocol and Memorandum and the work of the Joint Centre for Control and Co-ordination (JCCC). The SMM had heard many instances of heavy artillery fire in Donetsk and Luhansk regions in recent days and feared serious civilian casualties.

Deutsche Welle had reported on the 19 January 2015 that as Ukrainian troops recaptured nearly all of the territory surrounding Donetsk airport over the weekend of 17-18 January 2015, Russia accused President Petro Poroshenko on the 18 January 2015 of rejecting a peace offer from President Vladimir Putin.

German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier invited his counterparts from France, Russia and Ukraine to a meeting in Berlin on 21 January 2015 to discuss the conflict.

News sources on the 22 January 2015 suggested that these talks yielded some progress toward a new ceasefire in Ukraine. Representatives from Kyiv and Moscow agreed that both sides would pull back heavy arms from the front lines in eastern Ukraine.

News sources reported on the 24 January 2015 that about 30 people were killed in the eastern Ukrainian city of Mariupol as fighting escalated to the worst level in months. Pro-Russia separatists announced they were launching an offensive on the strategic city.

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