Contact group on Ukraine following the meeting, on Friday urged parties to the conflict in the Donbas to a complete cease-fire on the eve of Orthodox Easter, said the Plenipotentiary representative of Russia at the talks in Minsk, Boris Gryzlov. “We hope that the Easter truce will be finished, a lasting peace and it will give additional impetus for a comprehensive political settlement in Ukraine”, — he said (quoted by “RIA Novosti”).
The OSCE representative Martin Sajdik said, what we are talking about 00:00 on April 30. “The trilateral Contact group and representatives of individual regions of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine welcomed the commitment of all participants of the Minsk process to ensure full compliance with the cease-fire with the onset of Easter and the May holidays, which will come into force on Saturday, 30 April 2016, at 00 hours 00 minutes,” said Sajdik (quoted by “Interfax”).
Earlier on Friday to declare a truce in the Donbas “at least at Easter,” said the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. “This year Easter will be a test for Russia to her affiliation with Christian civilization. To pass this test, Russia and its puppets have to unconditionally cease fire at least for Easter,” wrote he in Facebook.
The head of state noted that if this is done, he is ready to guarantee the observance of the ceasefire regime from the Ukrainian military, “with the hope that it will be permanent, not time-limited”.
Meanwhile, the humanitarian sub-group on Donbass at the meeting of the Contact group had not reached agreement on the exchange of prisoners. “I regret to note that agreement on the release of detained persons, which would be important to achieve before Easter, were not achieved,” — said the OSCE representative. n added that this work will be continued at the next meeting of the sub-group on humanitarian issues of the contact group.
The next meeting of the Contact group on settlement in Ukraine, according to Sajdik, will take place on may 18.