The Russian delegation to the Trilateral Contract Group for the peaceful settlement of the situation in Donbas involving terrorists in the negotiations and thus disrupting consultations scheduled for August 25 within the humanitarian subgroup on the release of detainees and the opening of the entry-exit checkpoint on the line of demarcation. This was reported in the Telegram channel of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG.
"Less than a day before the meeting, the Russian delegation made a technical announcement about the involvement to the humanitarian subgroup of the TCG of a Ukrainian citizen Maya Yuriivna Pyrohova convicted in Ukraine for terrorism... The Ukrainian delegation does not consult with persons convicted of terrorism," the Ukrainian delegation states.
The statement clarifies that the Ukrainian delegation considers such a gesture on the part of the Russian Federation as a conscious attempt to disrupt the consultations.
"The Russian delegation is trying to shift its direct and sole responsibility for the consistent disruption of humanitarian issues, such as the exchange of detainees in connection with the conflict, the opening of the work of the entry-exit checkpoint on the Russian side, etc.," the Ukrainian delegation says.
The Ukrainian delegation calls on the representatives of the Russian Federation in the TCG to return to the planned tripartite consultations.
As it was reported earlier the next TCG negotiations concerning settlement of a situation on Donbas, in particular about a ceasefire and opening of the entry-exit checkpoint on the line of demarcation are planned on August 25. The consultations will take place online.
A few days ago, the TCG named the reasons for the new aggravation on Donbas. According to the representative of the Ukrainian delegation in the Tripartite Contact Group Serhiy Harmash, this is influenced by geopolitical, domestic and military factors.