Today, March 31, a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group took place, at which the issue of aggravating the situation in Donbas was considered. The Ukrainian delegation to the TCG proposed to ensure compliance with the full and comprehensive preservation of the ceasefire in Donbas from April 1, but Russia refused to support it. This was reported by the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG.
"At the beginning of the meeting, the head of the Ukrainian delegation, Leonid Kravchuk, proposed to ensure the full and comprehensive silence mode from midnight on April 1," the message says.
The Ukrainian initiative was supported by the OSCE representatives. They proposed to adopt a joint statement of the TCG.
According to the Ukrainian delegation, this statement confirmed the desire of the parties to strengthen the ceasefire and save the lives of civilians and military personnel. However, the Russian side refused to support this statement.
At the same time, the Ukrainian side considers it "critically important" to return to full compliance with the "silence" regime in Donbas and to strengthen control over its implementation.
The next TCG meeting is scheduled for April 14.
Meanwhile, Ukraine has the opportunity to regain control over the occupied parts of Donetsk and Luhansk regions within the next decade. This opinion was voiced by member of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas Serhiy Harmash on the air of the Ukraine 24 TV channel.
“It seems to me that the current government believes in this possibility, it sees the changing geopolitical and economic conditions in Russia and is moving a little towards this. I don’t want to make predictions, but I think the real prospect is that we have at least the next 10 years to liberate Donbas,” Harmash said.