Vladimir Dobrovolsky. The European Union sees reasons for cautious confidence regarding the settlement process in Ukraine and considers that the political process is moving in the right direction, said the European Commissioner on issues of justice, clients, and gender equality Vera Yurova, speaking on behalf of the head of EU diplomacy Federica Mogherini.
"we have reason for cautious confidence about the progress on the diplomatic level, if we stay United," said Yurova MEPs.
She said that " from September 1 after intensive diplomatic efforts, the agreement on the ceasefire agreed from the very beginning in September 2014, finally largely observed ".
"Two weeks ago reached agreement on the withdrawal of tanks and more than light weapons, the implementation of which has already begun. Supported by the EU special monitoring mission of the OSCE increases to reach full size in 1000 observers and perform the fresh task of verification and monitoring, " said the Commissioner.
She also recalled that " Norman summit on 2 October gave further impetus to the political process, and the so-called separatist elections in Luhansk and Donetsk, which would violate the Minsk consensus, were transferred ".
"Details of local elections must be consistent with OSCE standards and Ukrainian legislation. It is necessary to make particular arrangements for self-government, an Amnesty should be conducted. On the territory of Ukraine cannot be Russian troops, and Ukraine should return oversight of 450-kilometer section of the border, " said Yurov.
She added that currently " there is a process that is moving in the right direction, although not fast and sometimes hesitantly ".
The Ukrainian authorities in April of last year began military action against the self-proclaimed LNR and DND. According to the final data of the UN, the victims of the conflict began more than 8 thousand people. The settlement of the situation in the Donbas region is discussed, as well as among them, during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which since September of last year had already taken 3 of the document, regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict.
The last document from February 12 - in addition to the ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and the creation of security zones, obliges the Ukrainian Authorities to engage in direct dialogue with the authorized DND and LNR, for example, on the issue of holding local elections, entering into the Constitution of Ukraine of change, involving the decentralization of Power, as well as on the issue of legislative recognition of special status " of Donetsk and Lugansk regions ".
before the Ukrainian Authorities and Western countries have repeatedly accused the Russian Federation of interfering in Ukraine's internal Affairs. Russia denies it and calls such accusations unacceptable. Moscow repeatedly stated that it is not a party to domestic conflict and not privy to the events in the South-East, is interested in Ukraine overcame political and economic crisis.