Pope Francis welcomed the Donbass agreement

Pope Francis welcomed the fact that the contact group for the settlement of the conflict in Donbass had reached an agreement on additional measures to strengthen the “silence regime”. This was announced by the head of the Catholic Church during Sunday Mass in St. Peter’s Square.

“I thank you for this gesture of goodwill, which was another step towards achieving peace in this long-suffering land. I pray that the agreements will be implemented, including through disarmament and demining”. According to the Pope, this is the only way to restore confidence and achieve the reconciliation expected by the people.

On 25 July, Ukrainian law enforcers began preparing for a complete ceasefire in Donbass on 27 July. According to their data, there have never been such large-scale events during the whole period of the conflict.

Earlier on Sunday, the forces of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics were ordered to observe the silence regime in connection with the new truce.

This week, the Donbas contact group agreed via videoconference on additional measures to monitor the ceasefire on the line of contact in south-eastern Ukraine.