The parties of Minsk Trilateral Contact Group held rather fruitful first meeting in 2016. During the meeting, the negotiators agreed that the warring sides would release 50 hostages – on both sides. They will be released in the near future. Darka Olifer, Press Secretary of Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine’s representative in the Group, posted this at Facebook.
“Special attention was paid to the matter of release of Ukrainian citizens from capture. Under Ukraine’s initiative, the sides came to mutual consent that more than 50 people will be released on both sides. Women, the wounded and the seriously ill are the first to be released”, she noted.
Previously, 112 International reported that a meeting of the Minsk Trilateral Contact Group took place in the Belarusian capital on January 13. The meeting was attended by representatives of Ukraine, Russia, the OSCE, as well as members of self-proclaimed DPR and LPR.
It was the first meeting of the agency in 2016, and the first one where Russia was represented by Boris Gryzlov, ex-Interior Minister and former speaker of the State Duma (the lower house of the country’s Parliament).