Contents tagged with Trilateral Contact Group

  • Trilateral Contact Group agrees on withdrawal of forces from the Donbas

    The Trilateral Contact Group, which was created to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine, agreed on a "withdrawal of troops and weapons" by all parties to the conflict in the Donbas region, as stated on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, by Daria Olifer, Press Secretary of the Ukrainian representative to the group, Leonid Kuchma, on her Facebook page. This information was confirmed by the Special Representative of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Martin Sajdik. …

  • Kuchma: At meetings of Trilateral Contact Group, Russia is blocking Ukraine's attempts to restore control over borders

    Representatives of the Russian Federation and the self-proclaimed republics of the Donbas are opposing the creation of the fifth subgroup within the Trilateral Contact Group, which would deal with the issue of restoring the Ukrainian government’s control over the border with Russia.  

    According to Interfax-Ukraine, this was said by the representative of Ukraine in the group, former President Leonid Kuchma.

    "It's because they understand perfectly that if the border will be ours, then many …

  • Bezsmertnyi: Ukraine distributed 34 billion hryvnia in welfare to the breakaway regions in 2015

    In 2015 Ukraine distributed a total of 34 billion hryvnia ($1.2 billion)  in the form of pensions and other welfare benefits to the inhabitants of the occupied parts of the Donbass region. The representative of Ukraine in the political subgroup of the Trilateral Contact Group, Roman Bezsmertnyi, reported this data on Radio Freedom.

    According to Bezsmertnyi, the budget funds work on the Russian economy. "500 billion is the country's budget and 34 billion went nowhere, in the 'hole'. In the end, …

  • Trilateral Contact Group signs two documents in Minsk

    The Trilateral Contact Group has reached an agreement on the development of additional documents aimed at the stabilization of the situation in the Donbas.

    According to the OSCE Special Representative, Martin Sajdik, the Trilateral Contact Group on the settlement of the conflict in the Donbas signed two documents during the meeting in Minsk.  The first one provides for the identification and designation of mine fields and the creation of mine clearance maps for the Donbas. The deadline for …

  • Russia refuses to participate in next meeting of Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine

    The Russian Federation has refused to participate in the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on the 10th of February in Minsk.  This was reported to the Ukrayinskaya Pravda by sources close to the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE).

    As previously reported, the Russian representative in the Trilateral Contact Group, Boris Gryzlov, had expressed readiness to come to Minsk to continue consultations at any time.

    A meeting of the Foreign Ministers of the “Normandy …

  • Pro-Russian Separatists Acknowledge Debt Owed To Kiev

    Following the results of the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, the self-proclaimed LPR (the Lugansk People`s Republic) and DPR (the Donetsk People`s Republic) have acknowledged debts to the Ukrainian budget and their repayment.  Agreements on the exchange of prisoners have not yet reached.

    The acknowledgements were reported by Daria Olifer, the Press-Secretary of former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma.  This became known after the meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group …

  • Herashchenko: Gryzlov will not change Ukraine’s stance in Minsk

    On December 26th, Vladimir Putin appointed Boris Gryzlov as new representative of the Russian Federation in the Trilateral Contact Group. Gryzlov is a permanent member of Russia’s Security Council and was the former Head of Russia’s State Duma.

    The Ukrainian President’s Commissioner for Peaceful Settlement of the Conflict in Eastern Ukraine, Iryna Herashchenko, wrote on her Facebook page that the appointment of Boris Gryzlov to the Trilateral Contact Group will not change Ukraine’s position.

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  • Trilateral Contact Group Calls to Enact Ceasefire Starting Wednesday

    The Trilateral Contact Group on Ukraine (TCG) called for the parties in the conflict in the Donbass region to agree to a ceasefire beginning on December 23rd.  The last meeting of the year between Ukraine, Russia and OSCE ended on Tuesday in Minsk.

    According to Daria Olifer, Press Secretary for former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma, "There is an agreement on a full and unconditional silence starting at midnight on December 23, 2015. This initiative is needed primarily for the civilians in …