Donbas talks: no progress due to continuous barrage
The spokesperson for the Ukrainian representative in the contact group has shared the details.
Yet another meeting of the trilateral contact group on a Donbas settlement has ended in Minsk, the press secretary of Ukraine's representative Leonid Kuchma, Darya Olifer has said on Facebook.
In her words, constant violations of a cease-fire by pro-Russian militants blocks any progress on any of the issues.
"The issue of systemic shooting at checkpoints is especially acute because these attacks put civilians in direct danger. Continuous barrage does not allow specialists to make proper job on mine clearance," she said.
Ukraine suggested that mine clearance in the grey zone be done by one of international humanitarian organizations, in particular as far as marking mined sectors is concerned.
She confirmed that four people held hostage by the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic would be released on 26 February.
In Minsk, Ukraine demanded that separatists allow the International Committee of the Red Cross and the Doctors without Borders to see Ukrainian hostages and detainees in the Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics.
As far as political issues are concerned, Ukraine's position remains the same: elections in certain areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions can be held only after a full cease-fire is in place; foreign troops leave Ukraine; Ukraine returns control over the border with Russia.
The next meeting of the trilateral contact group in Minsk is due on 2 March, on the eve of the Normandy Four foreign ministers' meeting.