MOSCOW, April 18. /TASS/. Subgroups of the Contact Group on east Ukrainian settlement will gather in Minsk even in case of sabotage on the part of Kiev, plenipotentiary representative of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) in the Contact Group on Ukraine Denis Pushilin said Saturday.
"Even in case the Ukrainian side sabotages the work of subgroups, they will gather in Minsk all the same," the Donetsk News Agency quoted Pushilin as saying.
Working subgroups in the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group should be established in line with the Package of Measures on implementation of the Minsk agreements.
Earlier, Pushilin said the meetings of subgroups will be held in the Belarusian capital every week.
Clashes between Ukrainian troops and local militias in the Donetsk and Lugansk regions during Kiev’s military operation, conducted since mid-April 2014, to regain control over parts of the breakaway territories, which call themselves the Donetsk and Lugansk People's republics, have left thousands dead and forced hundreds of thousands of people to flee Ukraine’s embattled east.
The parties to the Ukrainian conflict mediated by the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) agreed on a ceasefire at talks in September 2014 in the Belarusian capital Minsk two days after Russian President Vladimir Putin proposed his plan to settle the situation in the east of Ukraine.
The ceasefire has reportedly been numerously violated since. There have been several meetings of the Trilateral Contact Group on east Ukrainian settlement comprising representatives of Russia, Ukraine and the OSCE and of the Normandy Four (Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany) aimed at finding ways to diplomatically and politically settle the intra-Ukrainian conflict.