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General Staff’s Head Khomchak not to participate in Minsk Talks

He will participate in the consultations on the preparation of the position of the Ukrainian delegation in Minsk
12:01, 5 June 2019

Ruslan Khomchak, Chief of General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces
Unian

Head of the General Staff of Ukraine’s Armed Forces Ruslan Khomchak will not participate in the negotiations of Minsk Trilateral Contact Group, as Presidential Administration reported citing Volodymyr Zelensky.

The reason for such decision of Zelensky is unknown yet.

“After additional consultations, the president of Ukraine made a decision that the participation of Head of the General Staff, Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of Ukraine, Lieutenant General Ruslan Khomchak in the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk is not relevant,” the message said.

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The General Staff will be presented with Deputy Commander of the Joint Forces Operation and Major General Bogdan Bondar.

The message noted that Khomchak will continue to participate in the consultations on the preparation of the position of the Ukrainian delegation in Minsk.

Earlier we reported that second president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma will lead the delegation of this country in the Minsk trilateral talks group; he'll represent Ukraine at the session of the group on June 5.

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As Zelensky's press office reported, the leader of the state met with the members of the Ukrainian delegation in the Minsk group. The officials discussed the ways to speed up the negotiation process and the necessary steps for that to happen. Among them was Kuchma who stated he would insist on the ceasefire during the harvest time in summer.

Previously, Kuchma withdrew from the Minsk talks group due to his solid age; in August 2018, he had turned 80. 

 

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