By declaring a truce, Kiev is trying to negotiate with the self-proclaimed republics.
The leaders of the countries also discussed the work of the contact group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the east of Ukraine, which includes the Ukrainian ex-president Leonid Kuchma and the representative of the OSCE Secretary General Heidi Tagliavini.
Merkel welcomed Kiev’s peace initiatives and hoped that the parties would do their best to achieve peace.
One of the participants of the peace negotiations that began in Donetsk, Viktor Medvedchuk (the Ukrainian Choice movement) said:
Meanwhile, the Security Council of Ukraine said that Kiev does not violate the terms of the truce: 23 June with 9-00 local time in the eastern regions did not open fire.
At the headquarters of the national militia, the statement of the Security Council was, in fact, confirmed, saying that the shooting on the outskirts of Slavyansk was conducted at night and in the morning hours, but then it stopped. The urban area of Mashchermet suffered from morning shelling from Karachun mountain.
In turn, the Prime Minister of the Donetsk Republic Alexander Boroday said:
However, Borodai did not consider the dialogue that took place as negotiations, in his opinion, these are only preliminary informal consultations.
Earlier, Tsarev promulgated a number of requirements, after which, official “substantive negotiations” would become possible. Among them, “the withdrawal from the territory of the proclaimed DPR and LN divisions of the Ukrainian security forces, the payment by Kiev of compensations to victims of the conflict, the approval by the President of Ukraine and the parliaments of the people's republics of the constitutional act defining their status, amnesty for the militias and political prisoners.”
As the national security secretary Andrei Paruby said, the Ukrainian authorities intend to use the breathing space in hostilities to free their hostages and repair infrastructure in the eastern regions. According to his owls, the water supply in Slavyansk has already been restored.
However, the chairman of the parliament of the Donetsk Republic Denis Pushilin was skeptical of the words Parubiy. He said:
Meanwhile, Ukrainian President Poroshenko is preparing to sign the economic part of the association agreement with the EU, which is to be held on June 27.
Recall that the political part of the document was signed on March 21 by Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk.
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