On October 5, the regular meeting of the Trilateral contact group on peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass was held in Minsk. The agenda included issues of implementation of the Framework Agreement on disengagement of forces and means, ceasefire compliance and prisoner exchange.
According to a source from Minsk at negotiations of the Contact group, the answer to the suggestion of the Lugansk and the Donetsk People’s Republics on prisoner exchange in the format of 618 for 47, handed to the Ukrainian side at the last meeting, had not been received.
“Unfortunately, the subgroup of humanitarian affairs failed today to reach agreement on this issue. Ukrainian side continues to remain silent on the question teenagers-saboteurs who are in the territory of the Republic. The DPR considers unacceptable the involvement of minors in sabotages and insists on bringing to justice those who recruit children,” the source said.
Disruption on the part of Ukraine of the Framework Agreement implementation on disengagement of forces and means was the main topic of discussion of the Contact group’s participants.
“According to Denis Pushilin, the reason for it is the failure of the Ukrainian authorities to follow the signed agreements. However, the DPR is ready to retry the implementation of disengagement. As a result of lengthy and heated discussion, the parties came to understanding of the need for disengagement of forces and means in the settlement Petrovskoye on Friday, October 7, at 11:00 am, in the absence of violations,” the source emphasised.
It is also reported that the subgroup on economic issues failed to work in the usual format again.
“Ukrainian side continues sabotaging the work of the subgroup without explanation. Today the accumulated economic issues were discussed in a narrow circle of Martin Sajdik, Boris Gryzlov, Leonid Kuchma, Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deynego. Negotiators discussed the situation with pensions’ payments, water supply, railroad haul’s work. Other issued, unfortunately, remained unresolved, which has a negative impact on the negotiation process as a whole,” the source at negotiations in Minsk summed up.