The President of Ukraine appointed Yevheniy Marchuk as a representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group, as Iryna Gerashchenko, First Vice-Speaker of Verkhovna Rada and the representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, wrote on Facebook.
Before that, Marchuk was Ukraine’s representative in the security subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group.
“Yevheniy Marchuk has been representing Ukraine in the subgroup on security with dignity all this harsh year. He feels confident in the issues of Minsk talks and he will severely defend Ukraine’s national interests,” Gerashchenko said.
Earlier, Leonid Kuchma represented Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group. Ruslan Demchenko temporarily represented Ukraine at the talks him.
Later, the press office of the President confirmed the information Gerashchenko presented, and reported that the President signed a relevant order.
“With this document, Leonid Kuchma shall be released from the performance of the duties as the Ukraine’s representative in the Trilateral Contact Group. In his place, the Head of the state-appointed Yevheniy Marchuk as the representative of Ukraine in the Trilateral Contact Group on a peaceful settlement of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Yevheniy Marchuk carries out activities on a voluntary basis,” the press office reports.
By this document, the mandate of Kuhcma in the Trilateral Contact Group ceased to be in force.
It should be noted that Yevheniy Marchuk is the General of the Army, Candidate of Legal Sciences and the sixth Prime Minister of Ukraine (March 6, 1995 – May 27б 1996).