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The Ukrainian side to Minsk talks on Donbas settlement is proposing to restart the work of the Trilateral Contact Group, according to the press service of the Ukrainian President's Office citing its chief, Andriy Yermak.

The statement came as Yermak spoke over the phone with political advisers to Normandy Four leaders.  

The head of Presidential Office said, in order to speed up the Minsk process, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky signed a decree to significantly increase the level of Ukraine's representation in the TCG.

"We raised it to a very high official level," Yermak said, recalling that Vice Prime Minister, Minister for Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories, Oleksiy Reznikov, was appointed deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG. At the subgroup level, Ukraine is now represented by deputy ministers or people's deputies – chairs of the relevant parliamentary committees.

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The Ukrainian side also proposed to attract to the work of TCG subgroups as "invited persons" a number of internally displaced citizens forced to leave the occupied areas in Donetsk and Luhansk regions after May 2014.

Yermak noted that the participants in the TCG would involve these individuals in discussions, consultation, and coordination of issues stipulated by Minsk agreements.

At the same time, Andriy Yermak says any negotiations with representatives of unrecognized quasi-entities in eastern Ukraine are unacceptable.

As UNIAN reported earlier, on May 5, President Volodymyr Zelensky approved the composition of the Ukrainian delegation to the Trilateral Contact Group for the Peaceful Settlement in Donetsk and Luhansk Regions.