Ministry of Foreign Affairs
Donetsk People's Republic

Results of the sitting of the group on security issues (February 27)

27 February 2019

Unfortunately, the proposal to introduce the spring truce on the eve of the upcoming holidays did not find the necessary support from representatives of the Ukrainian party
“Absolute politicization and blurring of the main meaning of the truce introduction and operation is a favorite tactic of Ukrainian negotiators. Perhaps, the upcoming presidential elections dictate to them such priorities - not to stop shelling the civilian population of Donbass and keep destroying its infrastructure. The Ukrainian party did not present any acceptable argument that would prevent the spring truce introduction.” - Natalia Nikonorova said.
The Ukrainian party tried to convince all attendees that it would be possible to talk about the cease-fire only closer to Easter holidays.
“Thanks to the common efforts of other members in the Contact Group, it was possible to lead the Ukrainian negotiators to the necessity of reaffirming the previously introduced ceasefire regime on the occasion of the international women's day holiday. From the OSCE party, it was proposed to hold an extraordinary meeting in the form of a videoconference, during which it is necessary to clarify the date of the spring truce introduction.” - Natalia Nikonorova explained.