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18 April 2019, 23:13

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Minsk-2

Contact Group failed to coordinate the ceasefire, talks to continue on Apr 24 - Deinego

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LUGANSK, April 18 (Lugansk Media Centre) – The Contact Group failed to coordinate the ceasefire today during video talks, said LPR Foreign Minister representing the Republic at Minsk talks Vladislav Deinego.

"The Contact Group's and security group's videoconference ended without results. The representatives of current Ukrainian authorities have assumed an extremely unconstructive stance and declined the discussion of the ceasefire control measures. They have not supported the document on the additional measures proposed by the OSCE special representative in the Contact Group Martin Sajdik."

"They tried to speak about anything except for the true steps to facilitate a durable ceasefire. As a result, today the Ukrainian side has again derailed the ceasefire."

Deinego said the sides will continue discussion at the next meeting in Minsk on April 24.

The Spring ceasefire, 23rd in the series of ceasefire recommitments, was agreed to by the security subgroup of the Contact Group and came in effect in Donbass on March 8, 2019 1:01 a.m. (GMT+3).

The Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements was adopted by the Contact Group on Ukraine on February 12, 2015 and supported by member states of the Normandy Four (Germany, Russia, Ukraine and France). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution 2202 and called upon all the sides to ensure full implementation of the Package of Measures.

The document provides for comprehensive ceasefire, withdrawal of all heavy weapons from the contact line, starting a dialog on reconstruction of social and economic ties between Kiev and Donbass. It also envisages carrying out constitutional reform in Ukraine providing for decentralization and adopting permanent legislation on a special status of certain areas of the Donetsk and Lugansk regions.

To facilitate the work of the Contact Group, four working groups were set up under its aegis to deal with issues of security, politics, return of internally displaced people and refuges, as well as with social, humanitarian, economic and rehabilitation issues.

LuganskMediaCentre — 18 April — Lugansk