Trilateral Contact Group agrees on ceasefire in Donbas from July 27

Trilateral Contact Group agrees on ceasefire in Donbas from July 27

The representatives of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) in Minsk have agreed on a complete and comprehensive ceasefire on the contact line in Donbas from July 27, the Ukrainian president's press service has reported.

"According to the decision, a full and comprehensive ceasefire should be observed from 00:01 on July 27, 2020. The breakthrough in the work of the TCG in this area is the result of the effective work of the Ukrainian delegation with the support of our international partners in Berlin and Paris, as well as the work of political advisers and foreign ministers of the countries participating in the Normandy Format," the report reads.

During the TCG meeting, the parties, with the mediation of the OSCE, agreed to take measures to strengthen the ceasefire until a full settlement of the international armed conflict in the Ukrainian Donbas.

Relevant measures were agreed at the TCG meeting by Ukraine and Russia and supported by the OSCE.

"The observance of a full and comprehensive ceasefire, if observed by the other party, is a basic precondition for the implementation of the Minsk agreements and paves the way for the implementation of other provisions of these agreements. Ukraine has reaffirmed its full readiness to comply with the agreements reached at the December summit in Paris by the leaders of the countries participating in the Normandy Format and its commitment to the implementation of the Minsk agreements," the President's Office said.

According to earlier reports, the Ukrainian authorities rule out the possibility of securing special status for Donbas in the Constitution of Ukraine.

The President's Office also said that the elections in Donbas could be held only after Ukraine gains control over the border, as well as in accordance with the Constitution and legislation of Ukraine.


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