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Contact Group on Ukrainian crisis resolution may meet next week

September 25, 2014, 19:54 UTC+3 KIEV
The consultations might be held via videoconference
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Ukrainian servicemen take up positions at a checkpoint during an exchange of Ukrainian troops and militia fighters near Slavianoserbsk, eastern Ukraine

Ukrainian servicemen take up positions at a checkpoint during an exchange of Ukrainian troops and militia fighters near Slavianoserbsk, eastern Ukraine

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KIEV, September 25. /ITAR-TASS/. The trilateral Contact Group on the resolution of the conflict in eastern Ukraine may meet next week, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on Thursday.

He said the consultations might be held via videoconference.

At the previous meeting, the sides signed a 12-point protocol on peaceful settlement in the region, with a ceasefire and exchange of prisoners of war being its key provisions.

Infographics Map of combat actions in Ukraine’s east on September 15-21 Map of combat actions in Ukraine’s east on September 15-21
OSCE Secretary General Lamberto Zannier warned the sides in the conflict in eastern Ukraine against using ceasefire for trying to gain advantages. Infographics by TASS
Eastern Ukraine ceasefire commitments

On September 20, the Trilateral Contact Group of senior representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office, and representatives of certain districts of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions signed a memorandum outlining the parameters for the implementation of the cease-fire commitments laid down in the Minsk Protocol of September 5.

The document consists of nine provisions which include a line between the armed formations is established which serves as reference point for the withdrawal of military personnel and all types of arms, weapons and ammunition. Within an area of 15 kilometres on both sides of the line there shall be no military units or their weapons or ammunitions. Any offensive actions shall be prohibited. All foreign armed formations, military equipment as well as combatants and mercenaries shall be withdrawn from the Ukrainian territory. There was also agreement on the monitoring of the provisions of the memorandum by the Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) of the OSCE which is already operating on the ground in Ukraine. Expressing his gratitude to OSCE participating States for the monitors put at the SMM’s disposal, he asked for their further support in terms of additional experts and financial resources.

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