The positive dynamics must be secured by reducing to zero the number of shellings – Denis Pushilin

On September 7, the meeting of the contact group on the conflict settlement in Donbass was held in Minsk. The agenda included issues compliance with “silence mode”, exchange of prisoners and coordination of an instrument of parties’ disengaging.

The main topics of the subgroup on political issues’ meeting have become a preliminary voting in Donbass, the discussion of the road map and the amnesty law.

The DPR plenipotentiary Denis Pushilin explained the contact group the essence of the primaries holding of which has caused a lot of questions from the Ukrainian side. According to him, preliminary popular vote is based on standards of international law and gives the right to every citizen to stand for election and to be elected.

“Ukrainian side’s refusal to discuss the amnesty law and sluggish discussion of the road map and Regulation is quite worrying,” a source at negotiations in Minsk said.

Despite the alarming figures of recorded bombardments, in general the “silence mode” is observed. Members of the contact group came to this conclusion today. Negotiators also noted recent disuse of the artillery, which in August took the lives of 10 civilians.

According to Denis Pushilin, positive dynamics must be secured by reducing to zero the number of shellings, increasing the efficiency of the OSCE SMM and the JCCC, implementation of the agreement on the withdrawal of the artillery and the search for consensus on the document on the parties’ disengaging.

“Otherwise, we risk repeating the experience of the autumn of 2015 when, in the absence of political solution, the situation on the contact line flared up again,” the source noted.

According to the source, the work of the economic subgroup today was actually blocked by the Ukrainian side. But, according to the source, “after a long discussion, the subgroup, nevertheless, started working and the negotiators managed to achieve some results.”

During the meeting of the contact group, the representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics gave Martin Sajdik the documents on a petition to the UN Security Council. Denis Pushilin and Vladislav Deynego expressed the hope that these documents will be submitted to the UN Security Council by the Presiding Officer of the OSCE.

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