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MOSCOW, May 10. /TASS/. German Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday the activity of the newly formed working subgroups within the Contact Group on Ukraine is a "ray of hope" for the conflict settlement.
"It took much time to form the working groups but now this goal has been attained," she said after talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin. "It is a ray of hope for us."
She expressed hope the work of the four working subgroups of the Contact Group on Ukraine would be successful. "We commend the beginning of work of the four working groups," she said. "I hope this work will be successful."
However she admitted that there were some problems over a number of provisions of the Minsk agreements. "There are many problems with the access of humanitarian convoys from Ukraine to the Donetsk and Lugansk regions. Prisoner exchange is not over. Kiev claims there are many Ukrainian prisoners [not yet released]." She said.