The release of hostages and provision of another stable ceasefire are the key topics discussed by the parties to Minsk Trilateral Group. Envoys of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE gathered in the Belarusian capital city on June 27.
Before the meeting, the Ukrainian side expressed hope that the recent phone conversations between the leaders of the states would facilitate the release of prisoners.
Yevhen Marchuk, Ukraine's representative in the subgroup for security issues, said that the Russian side has been protesting against Ukraine's idea to impose the summer ceasefire; it means that the warring sides would abstain from opening fire for at least two months in summer. 'Russia categorically disagrees on that offer, saying that it has nothing to do with the ceasefire. Consequently, by their own logic, Russian supplies of heavy weaponry and ammunition, which is used to shell Ukrainian positions, have nothing to do with the issue of the ceasefire. It appears that the Russian side will keep on blocking other offers from Ukraine,' he wrote.
Previously, Russia also turned down the offer of Ukrainian counterparts to let the OSCE observers inspect the entire territory of militant-held sectors of eastern Ukraine.