On November 9, Minsk hosted a regular meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group on the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass. The agenda included issues of implementation of the Framework Agreement on disengagement of forces and means, compliance with armistice and political issues.
The results of the 50th meeting of the working group on political issues are not optimistic, said the source from the Minsk peace negotiations. Parties failed to advance in the discussion of key issues of implementation of the “Steinmeier formula” and Regulations. At the same time representatives of the People’s Republics have once again underlined the importance of political issues. According to the DPR envoy Denis Pushilin, it is the political issues are essential for peaceful settlement of the conflict in Donbass.
““Steinmeier formula” was approved by the participants of the “Normandy format”, including the Ukrainian President, and therefore refusal to discuss the methods of its implementation by the Ukrainian side is another attempt to tighten the negotiation process. We insist on adherence to the agreements by the negotiators reached both in Minsk and in “Normandy format”.
In addition, the envoy drew the attention of the meeting’s participants to the fact that the adoption of the Regulation, the need for which has been repeatedly stated by the representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics, would take off a lot of technical issues that make it difficult today for the subgroups and the Contact Group to work,” the source emphasized.
As part of the discussed exchange of “all for all” the issue of release in the first place of the wounded and seriously ill people was raised.
“Coordinator of the subgroup on humanitarian affairs drew particular attention to Lugansk citizen Patoka. 66-year-old captured pensioner has been convicted and imprisoned. Not criminal, not a spy, not a murderer, but an ordinary pensioner. Elderly man with severe oncological disease is forced to survive in Ukrainian prison. Without proper medical treatment. Without the support. In the most severe physical and psychological conditions.
Surprisingly, there was no sympathy, or even consent to consider the issue in response to the request for the release of a sick person. Ukraine said nothing. In turn, Donetsk and Lugansk People’s Republics continue insisting on the need for the exchange of “all for all” and adoption of an amnesty law. Only in this way we will be able to release all those who are languishing in Ukrainian captivity,” the source at negotiations in Minsk summed up.