Minsk talks: Minsk Talks: Russia and its proxies still refuse to release hostages

20:46 Sep. 7, 2016

Minsk Talks: Russia and its proxies still refuse to release hostages

Armed Russian-backed separatists stand guard at the destroyed Donetsk International Airport, June 1, 2016 (Getty Images)

Ukraine is planning to raise the question of hostages again on September, 21

Speaker of the head of the Ukrainian representation on Minsk negotiations Leonid Kuchma informed about the results of today's session.

"Trilateral contact group noted: ceasefire, declared on September 1, 2016, mainly observed. Trilateral Contact Group once again confirmed that the ceasefire must be for an indefinite duration. An extraordinary video conference is scheduled on September 13 where one of the main issues will be the reports of the OSCE SMM and officers of the JCCC on the observance of silence regime on a permanent basis," Darka Olifer wrote on Facebook.

She added: "Due to the lack of progress in the release of the hostages, Ukraine proposed to raise this issue as a key item at the next meeting of the Trilateral contact group in Minsk, which is scheduled for September, 21. "We hope that this meeting will still lead to a concrete result – the liberation of people".

Ukrainian representatives of the humanitarian subgroup demanded to stop involvement of minors in military actions. Also Ukraine expressed concern about the organization of so-called "primaries" by Russian proxies. "Such activities do not correspond to the Minsk agreements," Olifer stressed.

Economic subgroup in its turn agreed on the launch of two rail branches. Their functioning is needed for coal supplies to the Ukrainian power plants. 

As Ukraine Today reported earlier, on previous day militants attacked Mariupol sector, using heavy weapons.

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