Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk announces new commitments to truce in Donbas from July 1
The Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on the settlement of the situation in Donbas has announced following talks in Minsk on June 27 about new agreements on a ceasefire starting from July 1 in connection with the harvesting season.
"In connection with harvesting, the Trilateral Contact Group, including representatives of ORDLO [certain areas in Russian-occupied Donbas] confirms the parties' full commitments to a comprehensive, sustainable and indefinite ceasefire regime, effective from July 1, 2018 (Kyiv time); confirms their common and firm commitments to the full implementation of the Minsk agreements," Ukrainian envoy to the TCG, ex-President Leonid Kuchma's press secretary Darka Olifer wrote on Facebook on Wednesday evening following the Minsk talks.
"To make the ceasefire really work, the security provisions of the Minsk agreements should be fulfilled," she said.
"The Ukrainian side believes that the point at issue is a full, permanent and comprehensive cessation of the use of weapons [to be accompanied] by monitoring and verification of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission and security guarantees to be provided primarily by the Russian Federation," Olifer said.
Also, the Ukrainian side stresses the need for "the withdrawal of the illegal armed units of ORDLO to the contact line as sealed in the Memorandum of September 19, 2014."