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Contact Group agrees full ceasefire in Donbass starting April 30 midnight — OSCE

April 29, 2016, 17:12 UTC+3 MINSK MINSK April, 29. /TASS

The OSCE’s representative in the Contact Group, Martin Sajdik, has described the agreement as a very important step

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MINSK, April 29. /TASS/. The Contact Group for settlement in eastern Ukraine has agreed on the full ceasefire in Donbass starting from the midnight of April 30, the OSCE’s representative in the Contact Group, Martin Sajdik, said after a meeting in the Belarussian capital on Friday.

"The Contact Group and Donetsk and Lugansk representatives welcome the determination of all participants in the Minsk process to cease fire on Easter and on May holidays. On Saturday, the decision will be made known to all local officials responsible," he said.

Sajdik described this agreement as a very important step.

"Should ceasefire fail to be observed starting from 00:00 the parties concerned will enter into corresponding consultations at once," he said.

The official voiced the hope the ceasefire would become permanent.

Contact Group fails to agree on prisoner exchange in Donbass

According to Sajdik the Contact Group has failed to reach an agreement on prisoner exchange.

"Humanitarian agreements on release of detained people before the Easter have not been reached," he said.

The OSCE envoy said work in this area will be continued at the next meeting of the Contact Group on May 18.

"I cannot explain why the process of prisoner exchange has not been resumed. I would like to see it happen as their relative and mothers are waiting for them," he added.

Earlier, parties to the conflict in Donbass announced plans to organize a prisoner exchange in the 25-for-50 format before the Easter. However Kiev and DPR militias later accused each other of the breakdown of the agreements.

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