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ASTANA, October 9. /TASS/. The current truce in Ukraine’s south-east gives reasons for cautious optimism regarding implementation and other items of the Minsk agreements, Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko said on Friday following his talks with Kazakhstan’s President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
"Not many believed in it, we undertook every effort, and, as a result of our efforts, for over two weeks now the fire has ceased. Thus, we have reasons for cautious optimism other items of the Minsk agreements will be implemented," he said during a news conference.
"Right now withdrawing of light equipment, tanks, mortars begins, which, in my opinion, will favor fixing the reached fragile truce," the Ukrainian president added.
Kazakhstan’s president, in his turn, said he is for a peaceful settlement of the conflict in Ukraine’s south-east.
"We are for a peace settlement of any conflict, there is no alternative to a peace settlement," he said. "Generally speaking, we are satisfied with implementation of all Minsk agreements."
He said during this complicated period Kazakhstan continues offering humanitarian aid to Ukraine.
"Kazakhstan has sent food to the people in Ukraine’s south-east, and we shall continue this work," he said. "We have transferred money to accounts of the International Red Cross and to the Chernobyl Shelter Fund."
The Chernobyl Shelter Fund (CSF) was set up at the EBRD in 1997 to assist Ukraine in making the site of the current shelter over Chernobyl's destroyed reactor 4 stable and environmentally safe. The fund also aims to create the conditions for the eventual dismantling and decommissioning of the contaminated structure.