The head of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko agreed with the representative of Kiev in the negotiations in Minsk Leonid Kuchma preparation for the meeting of the contact group on Donbas on July 21.
"the head Petro Poroshenko has held a meeting with Ukraine's representative to the trilateral contact group on the peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donbas Leonid Kuchma and Ukrainian representatives in its sub-working groups on political, socio-economic, humanitarian and security issues ", – reported in the report of the press service of on the Internet office of the Ukrainian President.
"The President ordered arguments to explain the nature of the activities that are being undertaken by Ukraine, for example the beginning of a process of adding changes to the Constitution in relation to key reform – decentralization. These constitutional amendments and the Law on local self-government in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions are fully consistent with the obligations of Ukraine under the Minsk agreements, drew the attention of the Executive, – reported in the report. In the work of the subgroup on humanitarian issues Poroshenko said that "the first priority is the immediate release of all hostages," the report says. Poroshenko at the meeting said that further productive discussion on the organization of local elections in the Donbass can be only after the refusal of the militia from intentions to hold elections on October 18 and November 1. The Parliament of Ukraine appointed on 25 October local elections, the possibility of making elections in Kiev-controlled territories in Donbas will determine the Central election Commission (CEC). Remember, the election of Directors of the cities and regions of the self-proclaimed Luhansk people's Republic will take place on November 1, people's Republic of Donetsk – 18 November. The head of the Bureau for democratic institutions and human rights (ODIHR) Michael link stated that the observers Bureau will go to elections in the Donbass only if there is an official invitation of Kiev. Washington, for its part, said that the elections in Donetsk and Luhansk is contrary to the Minsk agreements.