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Russia said ready to return to JCCC

Russia's representative in Minsk listed the terms for the return.

Russia is ready to return its military to the Joint Control and Coordination Center (JCCC).

"Russia's representative in our security group has just made an official statement that Russia is ready to return its military to JCCC on certain conditions, provisions, including the approval of the JCCC mandate, their status, security guarantees, etc.," Ukraine's representative in the subgroup on security of the Tripartite Contact Group, Evhen Marchuk wrote on Facebook on 20 December.

On 18 December, Russia's Foreign Ministry announced the withdrawal of its representatives from the JCCC. In response, the General Staff of Ukraine's Armed Forces announced withdrawing the representatives of Ukraine in the Center to the controlled territory. At the same time, the report said that the Ukrainian party in the JCCC will continue to work.

The decision to create the JCCC was taken at a meeting of contact group members in Minsk on October 2, 2014. The Center includes representatives of Ukraine, Russia and the OSCE, whose task is to coordinate the ceasefire processes in Donbas.

Marchuk said that after Russia pullout from the JCCC, the efforts to achieve peace in Donbas are doomed to failure.

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