The chair of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has said that the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine is still holding “overall” but that it remains shake.

Didier Burkhalter said the next few days are crucial for the ceasefire’s success.

The OSCE helped broker the truce and is monitoring its implementation on the ground.

Sides trade blame over Ukraine ceasefire violations

Pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces have blamed each other for a series of ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine. A woman was killed and four other people wounded after heavy shelling around the strategic port of Mariupol. Prolonged shelling near Donetsk airport was also heard and plumes of black smoke filled the sky. Pro-Russian separatists told Reuters the airport itself was now empty and that the fighting was centred on a nearby military compound.

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