Ukraine’s ex-president withdraws from Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas

Source : 112 Ukraine

Leonid Kuchma became the head of the TCG for the second time on June 3, 2019
13:49, 28 July 2020

Ukraine's ex-President Leonid Kuchma
Radio Svoboda

Representative of Ukraine in Minsk Leonid Kuchma has withdrawn from the activities of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG). This was reported by the press service of the President's Office.

It is reported that President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky noted that Leonid Kuchma's work in the Minsk process had been extremely important and difficult and added that he respected Kuchma’s decision to stop participating in the activities of the TCG.

"Thank you for all the efforts you have made to unlock the Minsk process in order to achieve peace. Your experience has been crucial and extremely necessary. I am always ready to hear your advice in the future," Zelensky said.

Related: EU recalls significance of Minsk agreements: Sanctions against Russia and return of territories to Ukraine

For his part, Kuchma emphasized the results that the group had achieved over the years.

As we reported earlier, on July 22, 2020, a regular meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group (Ukraine, Russia, OSCE) took place in the format of a video conference.

The parties agreed on a full and comprehensive ceasefire in Donbas.

"Offensive operation shall have the following meaning: any attempts to change the positioning of the troops which exists as of the date of this statement, including any additional engineering improvement of positions, and/or any forward movement and/or relocation of armed persons towards the adversary, including for the purposes of reconnaissance and sabotage operations,” the message on OSCE website says.

Related: Trilateral Contact Group agrees on full ceasefire in Donbas: What are the conditions?

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