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The meeting of the contact group that is widely expected to coordinate a ceasefire plan for Ukraine will start in the Belarusian capital, Minsk, later on Friday.Russian Ambassador in Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and OSCE special envoy for Ukraine Heidi Tagliavini will also take part in the third meeting of the contact group. The first two meetings took place on July 31 and September 1.
On September 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin unveiled a seven-point peace plan for eastern Ukraine urging the conflicting sides to end offensive operations. He also called for the pullback of armed forces out of shelling range of civilian areas, an end to airstrikes, an exchange of all detainees, opening of humanitarian corridors, repairing damaged infrastructure and deploying international observers to monitor the ceasefire.