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24 January 2017, 09:17

Kiev confirms participation in 26 January humanitarian subgroup video talks – Kobtseva

Kiev confirmed its representatives’ participation in 26 January Contact Group humanitarian subgroup video conference, an official told Lugansk Media Centre on Tuesday.

“Ukraine officially confirmed the participation of all its representatives in 26 January video conference of the working group on humanitarian issues. It is due to begin at 12:00,” said LPR representative in the Contact Group humanitarian subgroup Olga Kobtseva.

Earlier, Kobtseva said the 18 January video conference over prisoner exchange did not take place as Ukrainian reps failed to attend.

Prisoner exchange is a key issue in the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements.

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 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.

LuganskMediaCentre — 24 January — Lugansk