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The next session of the Trilateral Contact Group on the Donbas settlement will be held in Minsk on May 16, according to Darka Olifer, a press secretary for Ukraine's representative to the TCG, Leonid Kuchma.

"The next meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk is scheduled for May 16," Olifer told UNIAN.

On May 4, OSCE's envoy to the group, Martin Sajdik, said that the previous week, he had presented results of the TCG's efforts before the OSCE Permanent Council in Vienna, according to BelTA.

"I would like to use this opportunity to once again thank the OSCE member states for assistance, in particular, for supporting and financing the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine," he said.

As UNIAN reported earlier, the TCG's humanitarian subgroup, which deals with prisoner swaps, also met in Minsk on May 4.

"We haven't heard a feedback from Russian representatives to the offer to hand over to them 23 Russians convicted of crimes against the Ukrainian state so that Ukrainians who are political prisoners of the Kremlin could be freed," Ukraine's humanitarian envoy to the TCG reported.

She added that Russian proxies in Donbas demanded that Ukraine release 80 militants in exchange for 15 Ukrainian hostages held in the temporarily-occupied territory in eastern Ukraine.