Clashes between police, protestors over in downtown KievWorld October 18, 5:38
No plans to turn Kapustin Yar testing range into space center — chiefScience & Space October 18, 4:14
US court turns down Russia tycoon Deripaska’s libel suit against APWorld October 18, 4:13
Russian Defense Ministry tests new missile for Iskander short-range systemMilitary & Defense October 18, 1:18
Moscow court prolongs house arrest for director Serebrennikov to Jan 19, 2018World October 18, 1:11
Rusisan tennis star Sharapova comments on her performance in VTB Kremlin CupSport October 17, 19:29
Russia blacklists almost 400 football fansSport October 17, 18:48
Window for dialogue with Ukraine still open — diplomatRussian Politics & Diplomacy October 17, 18:40
Sharapova out of 2017 VTB Kremlin Cup in Moscow after 1st roundSport October 17, 18:35
MOSCOW, December 9. /TASS/. The date for the Contact Group’s negotiations on the settlement of the ongoing Ukrainian conflict has been provisionally set for December 12 and the final date is still a subject for approval, Igor Plotnitsky, the leader of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), said on Tuesday.
“The provisionally set date is December 12, but it (the meeting) can take place on any other day,” Plotnitsky said.
Representatives of the LPR and the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR), which is the other self-proclaimed republic in Ukraine’s embattled south-east, as well as sources in the Ukrainian authorities, confirmed on Monday that the meeting of the Contact Group on December 9 had been postponed.
Denis Pushilin, DPR’s envoy at the Minsk talks, earlier said that the “stumbling block” for the talks is comprised of a number of questions, which the Ukrainian authorities fail to answer clearly and they concern “the gradual lift of the economic blockade, the law on the special status and the law on amnesty.”
The parties to the Ukrainian conflict agreed on a ceasefire and exchange of captives during the OSCE-mediated talks in Minsk on September 5 that came two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed his seven-point plan to settle the situation in the east of Ukraine. The long hoped-for ceasefire took effect the same day, but reports said it had been repeatedly violated since then.