Russia proposes to turn the Ukrainian stronghold Shyrokyne, key to defending the strategic Azov sea port city of Mariupol (Mariupil), into a “demilitarized zone” under joint or shared control by Ukraine, Russia and the “Donetsk people’s republic” (“DPR”), under the indispensable aegis of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) (see accompanying article).
The Contact Group on Ukraine—a. k. a. the Minsk Group: Russia, Ukraine, the OSCE, and the Donetsk and Luhansk “people’s republics” (“DPR, LPR”)—has recently been debating a proposal to turn Shyrokyne, key to defending the Ukrainian-held city of Mariupol, into a “demilitarized zone.”
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Source: The Jamestown Foundation