MOSCOW, February 16. /TASS/. The participants of the Contact Group on Ukraine’s crisis settlement will hold a videoconference later today, on February 16, the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) envoy Denis Pushilin said on Monday.
Pushilin said DPR and the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) have no objections to Kiev’s representative Leonid Kuchma.
"The same participants as in the Minsk meeting will take part in the videoconference," Pushilin said. "Kuchma will represent Ukraine. His status of an official representative [of Kiev] was approved by a decree from July [last year], and his powers were confirmed by OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe]," he added.
Some actions of the Kiev authorities go against the agreements reached in Minsk last week, the envoy was quoted by the Donetsk News Agency as saying. "Today at a video [conference] meeting of the Contact Group, I will try to convey our position," Pushilin stressed.
On February 12, negotiations in the "Normandy format" were held in the Belarusian capital Minsk, bringing together Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The talks lasted for around 14 hours.
Simultaneously, a meeting of the Contact Group on Ukrainian settlement was held in Minsk, bringing together former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and Kiev’s special representative for humanitarian issues Viktor Medvedchuk, both representing the Ukrainian side, alongside representatives of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics (DPR and LPR), Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deinego, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s (OSCE) special envoy to Ukraine, Heidi Tagliavini, and Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine, Mikhail Zurabov, who acts as a mediator.
As a result, a package of measures on implementing the Minsk agreements was adopted, including on ceasefire in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions starting from February 15, heavy weaponry withdrawal and long-term political settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.