Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky says former Ukrainian President and Ukraine's envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) at the Minsk talks on Donbas Leonid Kuchma is calling an emergency TCG meeting over a statement by leader of the so-called "Luhansk People's Republic" ("LPR") Leonid Pasechnik on combat readiness.

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"To understand what Leonid Kuchma is doing now – today he has written a letter and is convening an emergency meeting of the Minsk Contact Group over Pasechnik's statement," Zelensky said at a press conference on the first year of his presidency, according to an UNIAN correspondent.

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Russia-controlled Donbas websites reported the leaders of the so-called "Donetsk People's Republic" and "Luhansk People's Republic" had placed their troops on alert.