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17 March 2021, 22:56

Minsk-2

Kiev obstructs Contact Group work on political issues – LPR delegation

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LUGANSK, March 17 (Lugansk Media Centre) – Representatives of Ukraine at the videoconference of the Contact Group completely derailed the work on the political set of issues, the LPR delegation at the Minsk talks said.

"The meeting of the Contact Group has ended. Ukraine has completely thwarted the work on the political set of issues," the statement reads.

Representatives of the Republic insisted that "they made every effort to continue the dialogue."

“We managed to discuss the results of other subgroups' work, but political issues remained blocked."

The Ukrainian government launched the so-called anti-terrorist operation against Donbass in April 2014. Conflict settlement relies on the Package of Measures for the Implementation of the Minsk Agreements, signed on February 12, 2015 in the Belarussian capital by the Contact Group members and coordinated by the Normandy Four heads of states (Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine). The UN Security Council approved the document by Resolution No 2202 of February 17, 2015 and called upon the parties to ensure its implementation.

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 — 17 March — Lugansk