: No major breakthrough in another Contact group meeting in Minsk
Politics15:51 Apr. 7, 2016

No major breakthrough in another Contact group meeting in Minsk

Ceasefire and elections remain key issues at peace-talks

The Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk did not reach an agreement on key issues regarding the conflict in Donbas. This is according to a statement by a spokesperson of Leonid Kuchma, Ukraine's former president and the current Ukrainian representative at the peace talks.

The ongoing ceasefire violations and the exchange of prisoners of war topped the meeting's agenda.

Kyiv says Russian-backed separatist forces are blocking the Red Cross medics from visiting the captured Ukrainian soldiers. No consensus on the POW's release has been reached as of yet.

The elections in Donbas were also discussed during the talks. Ukraine stresses the elections could only happen after a complete ceasefire and withdrawal of all Russian forces.

All sides say they will continue to negotiate these issues in the future. The next meeting is scheduled for April 20.

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