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MOSCOW, May 4. /TASS/. The Contact Group on the Ukraine crisis settlement will meet in Minsk on May 6, Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) Envoy to the Contact Group Denis Pushilin said on Monday.
"We have received an invitation to the meeting in Minsk, which will take place on May 6. We’ll discuss the launch of thematic subgroups at the meeting," he told the Donetsk News Agency.
This information was also confirmed by Luhansk People’s Republic Envoy Vladislav Deinego.
"I have received an official invitation to the meeting of working groups on May 6," he told the Luhansk News Agency.
"The meeting of working groups will open at 14:00 hours in Minsk," he added.
The leaders of the Normandy format countries - French President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Pyotr Poroshenko - discussed the Ukraine situation during their telephone conversation on April 30 and agreed on the need to hold meetings of working subgroups of the Contact Group on Ukraine as soon as possible.
The Contact Group on the Ukraine crisis settlement held a meeting in Minsk on February 12 and signed a document approved by the leaders of the Normandy format countries, prioritizing a ceasefire between the conflicting sides in east Ukraine, the pullout of heavy armaments from the engagement line and measures for the political settlement of the crisis, including the creation of working subgroups.
The working subgroups will focus on four priority areas: economic issues and the restoration of facilities; refugees, internally displaced persons and humanitarian assistance; political issues and security.