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Trilateral contact group urges full ceasefire in Donbas

Certain progress on prisoner exchange has been reached.

Trilateral contact group urges full ceasefire in Donbas
Minsk venue
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The trilateral contact group (TCG) on a Donbas settlement has urged a full ceasefire and a complete withdrawal of weapons to the line of contact described in the 19 September 2014 agreements reached in Minsk. The OSCE Special Monitoring Mission must be given full access to conflict-affected area to ensure comprehensive monitoring, Darka Olifer, press secretary of Ukraine's representative in the TCG, Leonid Kuchma, has said on Facebook.

According to her, the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people's republics must ensure safe conditions for crews repairing water, gas and power supply networks in the area of Avdiyivka.

At the talks, Ukraine insisted that the 19 September 2014 was a critical component of the security bloc of issues.

"Full and sustainable ceasefire, withdrawal of all foreign military units and heavy weapons from the territory of Ukraine, [securing Ukraine's control over] border are prerequisites for holding elections in Donbas," she outlined Ukraine's position.

The humanitarian subgroup managed to approximate the sides' stands on the release of illegally detained persons, she said.

OSCE special envoy Martin Sajdik said at a briefing that the Ukrainian side and the separatists exchanged the lists of prisoners.

The next meeting of the contact group is scheduled to be held in Minsk on 15 February.