Russia shows signs of readiness to give way in certain topics in negotiations regarding Donbas conflict. Oleksiy Reznikov, the Minister for re-integration of occupied Donbas said so in a commentary for Novosti Donbassa.
"I take these things more optimistically. Yes, it's difficult but there's a different key, and a different manner of speech. There's a will, showed by the Russian Federation, a will to find options to bring these positions closer", Reznikov said.
According to him, this concerns mutual release of detainees, ceasefire, mine clearing campaign, building of new checkpoints. Reznikov also said Russia's position could also concern the opening of the passage in Donetsk region, as it's blocked by pro-Kremlin militants again.
In the first quarter of 2020, the overall humanitarian situation in the occupied Donbas improved, but the coronavirus pandemic will increase the instability of the region. This is stated in the report of the UN Food Security Cluster (FSC).
"The situation in the occupied territories has shown signs of improvement in terms of reducing the number of civilian casualties, improving at checkpoints, food and economic security, access to health care and reducing the need for humanitarian assistance," the document says.