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Trilateral Contact Group Agrees on Withdrawal of Weapons in Eastern Ukraine

The Working Group on Security of the Trilateral Contact Group, which involves representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE, reached an agreement on Tuesday on the withdrawal of tanks and other weapons from the frontline in eastern Ukraine.

The latest agreement supplements the Minsk ceasefire accords, which were signed in February.

Ukraine: Peace at last?

The current ceasefire in the war in eastern Ukraine, the so-called Minsk-2 agreement, was signed last February, but they never actually ceased firing. At least a thousand more people have been killed in the fighting since then, and on one night last month (Aug. 14) the monitors of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) recorded 175 separate ceasefire violations.

Montenegro Seeks Closer Ties With Belarus

Montenegro and Belarus will sign a five-year agreement on economic and security cooperation on the sidelines of this year's UN General Assembly session, which starts in New York on Wednesday.

Under the draft protocol, which BIRN has seen, the two countries' foreign ministries have agreed a model for a five-year cooperation, which was initiated by Belarus.

Clashes Near Ukraine's Parliament Deepen Rifts in Ruling Coalition

A protest rally outside Ukraine's parliament against amendments to the constitution that give greater autonomy to the eastern regions controlled by pro-Russian rebels turned violent earlier this week.

The clashes were the worst in the Ukrainian capital since a bloody uprising in early 2014 and have deepened cracks in President Petro Poroshenko's ruling coalition.

Dacic urges all sides to respect Minsk agreement

Serbia's OSCE Chairmanship is determined to intensify activities aimed at implementation of the Minsk agreement, Ivica Dacic has said.

Serbia's first deputy prime minister and foreign minister, and OSCE chairperson-in-office Ivica spoke on Wednesday in Belgrade, stressing that it was "of utmost importance for all sides to respect the agreement."

EU to Extend Sanctions Against Russian, Ukrainian Individuals, Companies

The European Union (UN) is expected to extend on Wednesday the sanctions against Russian and Ukrainian individuals and companies by six months.

The assets of 150 people and 37 companies will remain frozen and they will continue to be subject of travel bans until March 2016, when the sanctions will be reviewed again, EUobserver informs.

Clashes, Grenade Explosion Take Place Outside Ukraine's Parliament

About a hundred policemen were wounded in protests outside Ukraine's parliament building on Monday as lawmakers approved on first reading amendments to the constitution that will give greater autonomy to the eastern regions controlled by Russian-backed rebels, newswires reported.