BRUSSELS (Reuters) - The EU’s foreign policy chief threw her support on Wednesday behind a call for a temporary truce in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve to allow for the evacuation of civilians.
The current chairman of the pan-European rights and security group OSCE called this week for an immediate three-day truce in the Debaltseve area, where fierce fighting between rebels and Ukrainian soldiers has been raging.
“I join the call by the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on all actors in and around the Debaltseve area to establish a local temporary truce for a minimum of three days, taking immediate effect,” the EU’s Federica Mogherini said in a statement.
“Civilians need to be able to leave the conflict zone safely.”
Reporting by Robin Emmott; editing by Adrian Croft