Ukraine not to launch direct dialogue with Donbas occupation authorities – Gerashchenko

16:20, 21 February 2019
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Ukraine's Representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group for the Donbas settlement, First Deputy Chair of the Verkhovna Rada Iryna Gerashchenko has said there would be no direct dialogue between Ukraine and the representatives of Donbas occupation authorities.

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"There will be no direct dialogue with the pseudo-republics in Russian-occupied Donbas and the legitimation of the Kremlin's puppet regimes," Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook.

She recalled the negotiations take place only in the Minsk format, including participants from Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE.

"The agreements are signed by representatives of three parties – Ukraine, the Russian Federation and the OSCE. There is not a word about 'LPR'/'DPR' and such useless abbreviations in the Minsk agreements," she said.

According to Gerashchenko, "there are two scribbled signatures by Zakharchenko and Plotnitsky, whom Putin brought to the negotiating room at the last minute."

"We will be talking about the liberation of Donbas with the Kremlin, with the mediation of our international partners, but not with the Kremlin's puppets," she added.

Earlier, "DPR" leader Denis Pushilin has called on Ukraine leadership to start direct negotiations regarding the conflict in Donbas.

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