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Next Contact Group’s video conference expected soon - Kuchma’s press secretary

April 30, 2015, 0:52 UTC+3 KIEV
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KIEV, April 30. /TASS/. The next video conference of the Contact Group on the Donbass settlement is due to be held soon, Daria Olifer, the press secretary of Ukraine's representative in the group Leonid Kuchma, has said.

Speaking on Wednesday’s video conference, she said the participants discussed "the implementation of the key points of the Minsk agreements - the ceasefire, the heavy weapons withdrawal and the release of illegally held persons."

The sides also discussed the supplies of Ukrainian and international humanitarian aid to Donetsk and Lugansk, de-escalation of the situation in the village of Shirokino, in eastern Ukraine, and also Kiev’s proposal on the withdrawal of tanks, mortars and artillery guns below 100 mm, she said.

A new representative of Russia, ambassador-at-large Azamat Kulmukhametov took part in the discussion for the first time, Olifer said.

The Donetsk republic’s negotiator, Denis Pushilin, said earlier the video conference was fruitful and a decisive breakthrough on launching the work of the subgroups was made. However, a few aspects remain on which consensus was not found, he said.

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