Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Results of the extraordinary sitting of the Contact Group (May 22)

22 May 2020
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Today, an extraordinary meeting of the Contact Group in the video conference mode was held, related to the escalation on the contact line, at which the participants heard results of the meeting of the working group on security issues.
“The main issue on the agenda of this extraordinary meeting was to discuss the sharp escalation on the contact line and the adoption of all necessary measures to stop it. That is, the very additional control measures introduced since July 21, 2019, an unlimited ceasefire, the signing of which the Ukrainian side deliberately blocks for almost half a year” - Natalia Nikonorova said.
The DPR Plenipotentiary urged all participants to focus on agreeing and approving a package of additional measures, as this is the only thing that is of the greatest importance at the moment and will be the long-awaited result of the work of the Contact Group.
“Today’s unscheduled meeting would have made sense if it had finally agreed on vital measures to ensure the safety of life and health of civilians in Donbass. However, this time, Kiev’s representatives played another theater of the absurd. For example, Mr. Reznikov representing Kiev said that there is no “urgent situation” on the contact line. Then why did Ukraine so persistently declare in the media that it urgently convenes a Contact Group? We do not understand.
We agreed to an operational meeting solely to stop the shelling of the AFU, which lead to human casualties. Since March 14, when the first victim of this year was recorded on our territory, there has been an increase in escalation. We have not had such a number of civilian casualties in such a short period for a long time - 22 wounded and four dead.
However, instead of unconditionally fulfilling the indefinite and complete ceasefire agreed upon by the Contact Group on July 17, 2019, the Ukrainian side comes up with some kind of “window of silence” that, like the comprehensive ceasefire itself, is violated by its own armed forces ” - Natalia Nikonorova told details.