Kyiv not engaged in talks with Donbas militants – Ukrainian Defense Ministry

By on November 6, 2014

Ukraine strictly abides by the Minsk agreements and is not holding any negotiations with militants from the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk People’s Republics, the Ukrainian Defense Ministry said on its Facebook account on Wednesday.

“The Defense Ministry officially declares that certain media reports claiming that talks are allegedly under way between the Ukrainian side and separatists are not true,” it said.

“Ukraine abides by the Minsk agreements and is engaged in talks exclusively in the trilateral format of Ukraine, the OSCE [Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe] and the Russian Federation aimed at implementing the Minsk agreements,” the ministry said.

The Deputy Chief Monitor of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine, Alexander Hug, told reporters on Wednesday that Ukrainian military officials, separatist representatives and the OSCE had participated in closed-door discussions in Donetsk addressing the implementation of the Minsk agreements, as well as plans to expand the OSCE monitoring mission.

According to Hug, the sides in the eastern Ukraine conflict were unable to agree upon their line of contact, which currently passes alongside Mariupol, as well as the settlements of Debaltseve and Schastia. The ceasefire ought to be observed in full in order to be able to establish a security line, he said.

The sides agreed to hold their next meeting soon, he added.

Source: Interfax

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