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Normandy Four agrees on all-for-all swap, more points of disengagement

OSCE monitoring will switch to 24-7 operation.

Normandy Four agrees on all-for-all swap, more points of disengagement
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The leaders of the Normandy Four have agreed that the sides to the Donbass conflict will exchange "all identified prisoners for all identified prisoners" by the end of the year and disengage forces at three more points.

They spoke in favour of a full and comprehensive ceasefire by the end of the year.

The trilateral contact group in Minsk has to select three more points on the line of contact for further disengagement of troops by the end of March.

The Red Cross must be given full access to the captives. The exchange must be held by 31 December 2019.

New checkpoints on the line of contact must be opened during 30 days.

The sides agreed to develop a new demining plan and extend the OSCE mandate so that it could operate 24-7. OSCE observers must have unimpeded access to the entire territory of Ukraine.

The sides have not settled the issue of control over the border. According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, they will revisit the issue in four months.

The four leaders agreed that the "Steinmeier formula" needs to be incorporated into Ukrainian legislation.

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