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Putin, Poroshenko discuss steps towards further peace settlement in Ukraine

September 08, 2014, 21:29 UTC+3 MOSCOW

“The dialogue will be continued,” the presidential press service says

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MOSCOW, September 08. /ITAR-TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Monday discussed steps that would facilitate further peaceful settlement in the south-east of Ukraine, the presidential press service said.

“The president of Russia had a telephone conversation with the president of Ukraine, during which [they] continued to discuss steps facilitating peaceful settlement in the south-east of Ukraine,” it said.

“The dialogue will be continued,” the presidential press service said.

On September 3, Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed a peace plan for settling the conflict in eastern Ukraine. It calls for ending active offensive operations by armed forces, armed units and militia groups in southeast Ukraine in the Donetsk and Luhansk areas; withdrawing Ukrainian armed forces units to a distance that would make it impossible to fire on populated areas using artillery and all types of multiple launch rocket systems; allowing for full and objective international monitoring of compliance with the ceasefire and monitoring of the situation in the safe zone created by the ceasefire.

The plan also suggests excluding all use of military aircraft against civilians and populated areas in the conflict zone; organising the exchange of individuals detained by force on an ‘all for all’ basis without any preconditions; opening humanitarian corridors for refugees and for delivering humanitarian cargoes to towns and populated areas in Donbass - Donetsk and Luhansk regions; and making it possible for repair brigades to come to damaged settlements in the Donbass region in order to repair and rebuild social facilities and life-supporting infrastructure and help the region to prepare for the winter.

At its meeting in Minsk, Belarus, on Friday, the Contact Group on the resolution of the conflict in Ukraine adopted a peace plan and a ceasefire agreement.

Attending the meeting were officials from Kiev, representatives of the embattled south-eastern regions of Ukraine, officials from the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) and Russia.

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