MINSK, June 15. /TASS/. Participants of the Contact Group on settlement of the situation in eastern Ukraine have failed to reach progress in the issue of releasing forcibly held persons in Donbass, special representative of the chief of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Contact Group Martin Sajdik said.
"Unfortunately, despite numerous efforts it was impossible to reach progress on the issue of releasing persons held in connection with the conflict. The working group coordinator called on the sides to display great political will regarding that issue. First of all, release of those sick and wounded," Sajdik said.
He said the meeting proposed "ensuring uninterrupted operation of checkpoints" in Donbass. "That is, they should work 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. All agreed today that the key condition for unhindered operation of the checkpoints is to observe the regime of cessation of fire," he said.