Lavrov: Chance arises to achieve peace in Ukraine
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said on Friday that after Ukraine’s announcement of a ceasefire, the chance has arisen to achieve peace in the east of the country, according to a Russia-based UNIAN correspondent.
According to Lavrov, there is a constructive basis for the restoration of the Donbas and a political dialogue that should result in a constitutional reform with the participation of "all regions and all political forces."
As reported earlier, the first ceasefire agreement was reached at a meeting of the contact group on September 5. The next meeting of the trilateral contact group on the resolution of the situation in Donbas took place on September 19 in Minsk during which the parties signed a ceasefire memorandum.
However, the insurgents and Russian troops continued carrying out attacks on the civilian population and Ukrainian forces in the east of Ukraine.
On December 9, a "Day of Silence" was declared in the conflict zone, but the militants violated the ceasefire, although they reduced the intensity of their attacks.
On Friday the press center of Ukraine’s Anti-Terrorist Operation stated that the militants in Donbas have attacked Ukrainian positions six times in the last day, injuring two civilians.