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LUHANSK, December 31. /TASS/. A meeting of members of the working group comprising representatives of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR), Kiev security officials and Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) began in Luhansk on Wednesday, the LPR official news agency Luhansk Information Center said.
Representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) were also expected to take part in the group meeting, but they failed to attend.
“DPR representatives don’t take part in the meeting of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and LPR in Luhansk,” DPR representative at the Contact Group negotiations Denis Pushilin told the Donetsk news agency.
The sides’ representatives declined to say how long the meeting would be held. It is only known that the working group members will take a lunch break in the middle of the day.
On Tuesday, deputy commander of the LPR People’s Militia Corps Vitaly Kiselyov said that at the LPR, DPR Kiev security officials and OSCE meeting it was planned to discuss “the military block of issues that have previously been raised in Minsk at a meeting of the Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in Donbas.”
A similar meeting was held in Donetsk on Monday, December 29. The DPR Defense Ministry’s press service said that the negotiations focused on three issues: the continuation of the Minsk talks, introduction of a ceasefire and weapons withdrawal from the separation line. The sides also discussed another stage of prisoner exchange.