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Contact Group on settlement of Ukrainian crisis to have videoconference week of Sept 14

September 12, 2015, 13:42 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, September 12. /TASS/. A video conference of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in Ukraine’s south-east is scheduled for late week of September 14, envoy of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) to the peace talks Denis Pushilin said on Sunday.

Earlier, a representative of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People’s Republic (LPR) at the Contact Group said the video conference may take place on September 15.

On September 20, 2014, in Minsk, the Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine comprising representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE adopted a memorandum outlining the parameters for the implementation of commitments on the ceasefire in Ukraine laid down in the Minsk Protocol of September 5.

The document contains nine points, including in particular a ban on the use of all armaments and their withdrawal 15 kilometres from the contact line from each side. The OSCE was tasked with controlling the implementation of memorandum provisions.

The document was signed by OSCE representative to Ukraine Heidi Tagliavini, ex-Ukrainian president Leonid Kuchma, Russia’s ambassador in Kiev Mikhail Zurabov, DPR Prime Minister Alexander Zakharchenko and LPR head Igor Plotnitsky.

According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), the violence in Ukraine has killed 6,500 people in the past year, wounded 16,000 and left 5 million people in need of humanitarian aid. With more than 1.3 million registered IDPs, Ukraine has now the ninth largest number of internally displaced in the world, according to the Internal Displacement Monitoring Centre.

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