Contents tagged with Trilateral Contact Group

  • Russia unhappy with Ukraine’s decision to include internally displaced persons in Donbas talks

    Russia is dissatisfied with Ukraine's intention to include into negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) displaced persons who were forced to leave the territories of the Donbas which are not under Kyiv’s control, reports the Russian newspaper Kommersant with reference to a source in the Russian government.

    Earlier, the head of the Ukrainian Presidential Office Andrii Yermak announced Kyiv’s intention to include internally displaced persons in the TCG talks. The Ukrainian side is not …

  • Kyiv: Special status of Donbas will never be included into Ukrainian Constitution

    “Ukraine does not intend to include into its Constitution the special status of the occupied territories of Donetsk and Luhansk regions,” said Ukrainian Prime Minister for the Reintegration of Temporarily Occupied Territories Oleksii Reznikov in an interview with RBC-Ukraine.

    According to Reznikov, the Russian representatives in the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) for peaceful settlement in the Donbas are constantly trying to raise the question about the inclusion of the special status of the …

  • Donetsk and Luhansk People's Republic claim they are ready to observe ceasefire in Donbas

    Media channels in Donetsk and Luhansk that are controlled by the Russian militants issued statements about their readiness to observe an indefinite truce in the Donbas from July 21, reports Radio Liberty.

    The authorities of Donetsk People's Republic stated that "measures of disciplinary responsibility for violation of a ceasefire and its conditions are explained in due course to all divisions and each serviceman "

    "We express readiness to fulfill the conditions of the truce, and we are ready …

  • Ukrainian President Zelensky names steps to achieve peace in Donbas

    At a joint briefing after a meeting with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in Toronto on July 2, President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky said that peace in the Donbas is possible through political and diplomatic means, reports RBC-Ukraine.

    According to Zelensky, the first issue that he discussed with Trudeau was the peace in Ukraine.

    "I am sure that we will achieve real progress only through political and diplomatic means. So in the end, we will force Russia to stop the escalation, to …

  • President Zelensky’s team explains Kuchma’s statement on response fire and lifting of Donbas blockade

    Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky’s press secretary has commented on the outcome of the recent peace talks in Minsk.

    “The lives of Ukrainian soldiers are absolutely and unconditionally valuable. The President wants peace. A stable and long-lasting ceasefire in the Donbas is a key issue for returning to peace. Yesterday’s meeting in Minsk gave us a restrained optimism concerning the further resolution of the military conflict. However, many interpretations of the talks appeared in the news. …

  • Yanukovych says he is ready to discuss Ukrainian prisoners exchange with Putin

    During a press conference in Russia, Former President of Ukraine Viktor Yanukovych announced that he is ready to initiate a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin for the exchange of prisoners according to the “all for all” procedure. 

    “If necessary, if there is such initiative on the Ukrainian side, I am ready to talk with Putin and submit such proposal,” said Yanukovych. 

    According to him, for this to happen he needs some initiative from the President Petro Poroshenko, and the order …

  • Kyiv willing to pardon two Russians to begin prisoner exchange

    During negotiations with Russian representatives in Minsk, Ukraine offered to pardon two Russian citizens and hand them over to the Russian consul in exchange for the simultaneous transfer to Ukraine of Ukrainian soldiers illegally detained in the annexed Donbas territories, as reported by Iryna Herashchenko, Ukraine’s representative in the humanitarian subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) and First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada.

    “The Ukrainian side is looking for all …

  • Putin plans to withdraw Gryzlov from Trilateral Contact Group on Donbas

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will decide very soon on the structure of the Presidential administration. The changes will also affect the foreign policy direction, the Russian newspaper Kommersant reported.

    The Russian representative in the Trilateral Contact Group negotiating Donbas settlement, Boris Gryzlov, may take a post of the presidential envoy in the Central Federal District of Russia, although this has not yet officially confirmed. On Mary 30, Gruzlov took part in the regular …

  • Herashchenko: Ukraine is ready to exchange 313 separatists for 88 Ukrainian prisoners

    Ukraine is ready to hand over 313 people to separatists in exchange for 88 Ukrainian Ukrainian prisoners who are in captivity in the separatist-held territory of the Donbas, as stated at a briefing by the Ukrainian representative to the subgroup on humanitarian issues of the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the situation in the Donbas, Iryna Herashchenko.

    "We managed to establish the location 88 of our hostages out of 144. We are ready to hand over 313 people in exchange for their …

  • Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk: Separatists are blocking the exchange of prisoners

    On January 16, this year's first meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbas was held in Minsk. Iryna Herashchenko, Member of the Ukrainian humanitarian subgroup said that representatives of separate areas of Donetsk and Luhansk (ORDLO) are blocking the release of the hostages. The separatists have apparently stepped up attempts to exclude her from the negotiating process.

    On her Facebook page Iryna Herashchenko wrote, "Despite the call of …