For the moment, the conditions for maintaining the political process, which should lead to a peaceful resolution of the crisis in eastern Ukraine are evolving. That was announced on September 19 in German city of Magdeburg by Ministers of Foreign Affairs Ivica Dacic (Serbia), Didier Burkhalter(Switzerland) and Frank-Walter Steinmeier (Germany), who form the so-called "troika" of the OSCE (it includes the current, previous and next chairman of an international organization), Radio Liberty reports.
Foreign Ministers welcomed the ceasefire in the east of Ukraine and urged all parties to continue to respect the truce.
"Troika" is also called upon all parties to conclude as soon as possible an agreement on the withdrawal of tanks and small-caliber weapons to Special Monitoring Mission of the OSCE in Ukraine could prove it, and that it was guaranteed a full access to work in the conflict zone," the OSCE stated.
"Reaching an agreement within the sub-working group on political issues (the Tripartite Liaison Group) upon the time and conditions of the local elections in some regions of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which should take place in accordance with the Minsk Agreements, is of paramount importance," the participants of the "troika" noted.
As it was reported before, since early September, the number of ceasefire violations in the conflict area in Donbas significantly reduced - to a complete cessation of attacks on some days. At the same time, there are problems with carrying out in some areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions local elections under Ukrainian legislation, as it covered by Minsk Agreements.
To the knowledge, earlier it became known that the head of the self-proclaimed "Donetsk People's Republic" Aleksandr Zakharchenko said that the elections in "DPR" will be held on the 18th of October. In response to the claim of holding elections in DPR and LPR, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko called to expand sanctions against Russia.
It should be noted that Ukrainian government does not recognize the elections in some territories of Donetsk and Lugansk regions occupied by the militants as well as in the Crimea, temporarily occupied by Russian Federation. With the exception of these territories, local elections in Ukraine are to be held on 25th of October, 2015.