OSCE Says Ukraine Violence Easing, But Weapons Withdrawal Not Clear

March 5, 2015 5:01 AM

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OSCE Says Ukraine Violence Easing, But Weapons Withdrawal Not Clear

KIEV, Ukraine—International observers said Wednesday that fighting between government forces and Russia-backed militants continued to subside but they haven’t been able to verify the withdrawal of heavy weapons from the front lines.

The comments came as Germany repeated warnings of further sanctions against Russia if the peace accord agreed to on Feb. 12 isn’t implemented. The deal has succeeded in calming the region, but scattered fighting has continued and Kiev and the rebels are wrangling over the next steps.

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