MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. Permanent member of the Security Council of the Russian Federation Boris Gryzlov has been appointed plenipotentiary representative of the Russian Federation in the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Ukraine, says an order by Russian President Vladimir Putin posted on the official website of legal information.
"The order takes effect on the day of its signing," the document says.
The Russian delegation also comprises Russia’s special representative in the Contact Group Azamat Kulmukhametov and representatives in working subgroups: Yaroslav Moskalik in the security subgroup, Vladimir Stepanov in the humanitarian subgroup, Sergey Nazarov in the economic subgroup and Maxim Polyakov in the political subgroup.
During the previous meeting of the Contact Group on December 22, its participants agreed the schedule of work for January 2016.
The next meetings of the Contact Group will take place on January 13, 20 and 27, the OSCE chief’s special representative in the Contact Group Martin Sajdik said after talks.
At talks in Minsk on December 22, the Contact Group on settlement in Donbass reached a joint decision to establish from 00:00 December 23, 2015 a complete and unconditional ceasefire - the sixth since the conflict start.
Ukrainian troops have been engaged in fighting with local militias during Kiev’s punitive operation, underway since mid-April 2014, against the breakaway territories - the Donetsk and Lugansk people's republics constituting parts of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine.
Massive shelling of residential neighborhoods, including with the use of aviation, has killed thousands and led to a humanitarian disaster in the area.
Kiev has regularly violated the ceasefire regime imposed as part of the Package of Measures on implementation of the September 2014 Minsk Agreements.
The Package (Minsk-2) was signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarusian capital Minsk by participants of the Contact Group on settlement in Donbass.
The Package, earlier agreed with the leaders of the Normandy Four (Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine) envisioned an overwhelming cessation of fire and withdrawal of heavy armaments to create a security area in the region at least 50 kilometers wide.
In line with the agreement reached at talks in Minsk, from September 1, 2015 there should have been a complete cessation of fire at the disengagement line in Donbass. However, the Defense Ministry of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) has registered an increased number of shelling instances over the past few months.