Minsk talks: April 1 set as new deadline for Donbas truce pending Easter

22:55, 29 March 2017
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The Trilateral Contact Group has agreed during a new round of the Minsk peace talks on Donbas that a full ceasefire will be declared from April 1, 2017, due to Orthodox Easter holidays, according to a Ukraine envoy's spokesperson.

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"The Trilateral Contact Group has welcomed the determination demonstrated by all the participants in the Minsk process to ensure a full ceasefire prior to Easter holidays, which will enter into force on April 1, 2017," Darka Olifer, the press secretary of former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, who is Ukraine's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group, wrote on Facebook on Wednesday, March 29.

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She also announced extended hours for crossing the contact line in Donbas through the Easter holidays.

"In addition, there will be a significant acceleration in the procedure of crossing at the checkpoints at the contact line from April 1 to mark Holy Week [when Orthodox Church members remember their deceased relatives]. In particular, it is planned to extend working hours of the crossing points in the morning and in the evening," she said.

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