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Ukrainian delegation fulfils its tasks in Milan, Poroshenko says

October 19, 2014, 3:11 UTC+3 KIEV
Poroshenko said that Ukraine had pursued an extremely important goal in Milan
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KIEV, October 19 /TASS/. The Ukrainian delegation fulfilled all its tasks during a visit to Milan, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said in an interview with Ukraine’s leading television channels on Saturday.

Poroshenko and the accompanying delegation attended the Asia-Europe summit in Milan on Friday where the Ukrainian president held consultations with European leaders and had a vis-а-vis meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.

Poroshenko said that Ukraine had pursued an extremely important goal in Milan. “We needed to preserve peace,” the Ukrainian head of state said.

Practically all participants in the consultations, he added, agreed that “the Minsk documents, including the protocol and the memorandum, were basic” for implementation and stressed the importance of implementing all the points of the Minsk peace plan, including those concerning local elections in separate districts of the Luhansk and Donetsk regions which should be held in compliance with Ukrainian laws.

“None of the participants in the consultations is going to recognize the so-called fake elections scheduled for November 2 or any other date if they are conducted in violation of Ukrainian laws with no observation of the ceasefire regime and without international monitors,” the Ukrainian president emphasized.

Poroshenko said the European leaders had demonstrated full support for Ukraine during meetings in Milan.

On September 5, the Contact Group for Ukraine that gathered in Minsk signed a 12-point protocol on the peace settlement in southeast Ukraine. The two key points included agreements on ceasefire and exchange of prisoners. On September 20, members of the Contact Group met in Minsk for the second time to sign a Memorandum on implementing the ceasefire regime. The document consists of 9 points, including a ban on the use of all types of weapons and the withdrawal by the sides in conflict of all weapons of destruction with a caliber exceeding 100mm to 15 kilometers from the contact line.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was vested with the task of monitoring how the Memorandum was being implemented.

The monitoring mission of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) will receive both drones and operators to handle them from Germany and France in “the foreseeable future,” Poroshenko said.

“We have also agreed to use modern muzzle velocity radars,” he said. “They will be installed in 15-17 spots and as soon as the first shot is done, the operator will define the bearing angle, distance and will fix the place from where the fire was opened.”

The information will be available to all observers in the OSCE mission, the Ukrainian president said.

“We are proceeding to practical steps to achieve a truce,” he said.

The future buffer zone

The Ukrainian parliament (Verkhovnaya Rada) should approve the borders of a buffer zone to be created under the Minsk agreements to separate the Ukrainian army from the militias (in the Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics), Ukrainian President said.

Asked whether he had seen the map of the future buffer zone, Poroshenko said the law which he had recently signed clearly stated that parliament should pass a decision on the line that would mark the buffer zone boundary.

According to him, the line of actual deployment of Ukrainian troops will be no different from the one to be submitted to parliament in compliance with the Minsk agreements. The main task is to organize an effective defense, Poroshenko said.

The Ukrainian president also spoke about the appointment of Ukraine’s new defense minister Stepan Poltorak whose task would be to introduce fundamental changes to the Defense Ministry’s work.

“We need to upgrade cooperation with our partners to a qualitatively new level. We need to solve the problems of purchasing new combat hardware, training troops and reforming logistics that we have not tackled for 20 years,” Poroshenko explained, adding he believed the new minister “would cope with those tasks.”

On September 5, the Contact Group for Ukraine that gathered in Minsk signed a 12-point protocol on the peace settlement in southeast Ukraine. The two key points included agreements on ceasefire and exchange of prisoners. On September 20, members of the Contact Group met in Minsk for the second time to sign a Memorandum on implementing the ceasefire regime. The document consists of 9 points, including a ban on the use of all types of weapons and the withdrawal by the sides in conflict of all weapons of destruction with a caliber exceeding 100mm to 15 kilometers from the contact line.

The Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) was vested with the task of monitoring how the Memorandum was being implemented.

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