Ukraine wants to agree in Minsk on ceasefire for holidays

Source : 112 Ukraine

Tomorrow will be the last negotiations of Tripartite Contact Group this year
13:33, 19 December 2017

Negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk scheduled for tomorrow will be devoted to the issue of ceasefire on the entire contact line for holidays and weekends. This was reported in Facebook by Ukraine’s representative in the working subgroup on security issues Yevhen Marchuk.

"The 73rd round of negotiations in Minsk will take place on December 20, 2017. There are seven difficult issues on the agenda of the Working Group on Security, which I represent from Ukraine. The first one is an attempt to agree on a ceasefire along the entire contact line, at least for the New Year and Christmas and winter holidays," Marchuk wrote.

Also Marchuk on the background of the withdrawal of Russian side from the Joint Center for Control and Coordination noted the importance of the Center for ensuring this temporary truce.

"Unlike the OSCE SMM patrols, they have the power and can quickly intervene in order to stop the violation of the silence regime. Russian servicemen can take on violations of illegal armed groups of the occupied Donbas, and the Ukrainian - violations from the Ukrainian Army, "he wrote.

According to Marchuk, Russian yesterday’s decision to withdraw its military from the JCCC "practically makes it impossible to ensure the "silence regime", even if the necessary agreement is reached.

Related: Russian officers from JCCC left “DNR” territory

"In addition, withdrawal of the Russian part from the JSCC will unequivocally lead to the liquidation of this structure, which is bad. Besides, this is a kind of blackmail, attempts to lead us to direct negotiations with the militants  and a bad symptom in general," Marchuk summarized.

As it was reported earlier, Russian Foreign Ministry said that because of Kyiv's obstruction to the work of the Russian soldiers in the JCCC, they will leave the territory of Ukraine on December 19.

This decision was made in connection with the new order of entry to Ukraine and the introduction of a duty to inform of the intention to visit the country in advance in electronic form for Russian citizens scheduled for January 1, 2018.  

In its turn Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine is indignant at the unilateral decision of Russia to withdraw the military of Russian forces from the Joint Center of Control and Coordination.

‘We treat this unprecedented step of Russia as another provocation that substantially disrupts the Minsk Agreements and the striving to relieve of any responsibility for the consequences of the military aggression against our state. Such step proves one more time that Moscow perseveres in its attempts to force Ukraine and the international partners to begin a direct dialogue with the militants of the illegal military formations that act at the temporarily occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions of Ukraine under the total control and resounding support of Russia’, the message said.

Related: Russian JCCC representatives could not pass checkpoint due to shelling in Novoluhanske

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