Donbas conflict: Minsk contact group session begins

Source : 112 Ukraine

The Ukrainian side insists that the Russian militants unblock the entry-exit checkpoints
15:07, 19 November 2020


The urgent session of the humanitarian subgroup of the Minsk contact group kicked off in the Belarusian capital. The Ukrainian delegation reported that on November 19.

"Repeated appeals of the Ukrainian side and pressure of our international partners proved fruitful," the delegation claimed.

The major issue for discussion is the unblocking of entry-exit checkpoints in the Donbas combat zone. The Ukrainian side, which urged to convene the session, insists that this matter needs to be solved - as well as the question of the prisoner swap. 

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Earlier, the Ukrainian delegation in the Trilateral Contact Group announced five major points of its "action plan in Donbas". That, in particular, includes the withdrawal of foreign troops, illegal armed units, and mercenary gangs from the territory of Ukraine in early 2021; it also urges the Russian government to cancel the decisions that interfere in the everyday life in the occupied Donbas - like the one about the provision of Russian citizenship to residents of these territories.

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