Minsk talks: Parties agree on resuming search for missing persons in Donbas

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The day before, on January 29, in Minsk at the negotiations of the Trilateral Contact Group (TCG) on resolving the situation in Donbas, the parties agreed to resume the search for missing persons in the Donbas warzone.

“The humanitarian subgroup continues its work toward mutual release of persons, which saw success on December 29, 2019. An agreement has been reached to resume the search for missing persons: before the next TCG meeting in Minsk, relevant proposals will be processed on the mechanism for organizing this work with the participation of international organizations, including the International Committee of the Red Cross,” Darka Olifer, a press secretary of Ukraine’s envoy to the TCG, former president Leonid Kuchma, said.

The TCG meeting held yesterday was the last one attended by Martin Sajdik, who handed his powers of OSCE special representative in Ukraine and the TCG to Heidi Grau.

According to Kuchma, it’s impossible to achieve peace in Donbas without Ukraine’s total control over its border in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, currently occupied by the Russian Federation.

The Ukrainian side clearly stated that the solution of security problems, and, in particular, the ceasefire regime, the withdrawal of armed formations and military hardware, as well as the establishment of control over the border, are the main objectives for the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

“World experience in resolving armed conflicts shows that without the state-control over its border, it is impossible to achieve peace,” the Ukraine’s representative in TCG emphasized.

The Ukrainian side also regretted over the security situation which is still complicated: continuously shelling, including sniper attacks, made by the Russian-led illegal armed formations, as well as activities of their sabotage and reconnaissance groups operating on the contact line remains unchanged.

As The Journalist reported, No casualties reported in Donbas over past day.

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