The question about the participation of the self-proclaimed leader of the Donetsk national Republic Alexander Zakharchenko in the negotiations of the contact group on the settlement of the situation in the Donbass in Minsk, as it insists Kiev side, today it is not necessary, said Last news his assistant.
" The issue of participation Zakharchenko in negotiations on today is not worth it. Putilin, Deinega (ambassadors DND and LNR at the talks in Minsk - ed) today will present a joint statement, the text of which is currently being negotiated. There is again clearly stated our position. Until then, as long as Kyiv does not clarify its position, the arrival of the head of DND in Minsk does not make sense, " said the assistant.
He has supplemented his words by the fact that on the first day of the week it is expected press conference Zakharchenko in Donetsk, where He will be ready to answer any questions, and among them about the Minsk talks ".
currently Zakharchenko is in DND, his travel outside the Republic, as well as among them in Minsk, not planned. Chapter DND have seen many times on the front lines, in the Uglegorsk, where He commanded the onset of the militia in the position of the security forces.
Deinega and Putilin arrived in Minsk on the last working day of the week in the morning, But in the 2nd part of the day left the capital of Belarus, said that the meeting of the contact group on the situation in Ukraine was not held, because the Commissioner of Kiev, ex-President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma came to conversations. Kuchma later said that the meeting of the contact group can pass on Saturday. He also said that negotiations are required to participate leaders of the breakaway republics of Donbass.
The Ukrainian authorities began in April last year in the Donbass military operation against disgruntled happened last February by the coup d'etat in the region. According to the summary data of the United Nations, victims of the conflict began more than 5 thousand civilians. In September, facilitated by the OSCE and Russia, the Ukrainian Authorities and the self-proclaimed Militia DND and LNR agreed in Minsk truce. Despite the fact that the Militia and the Ukrainian Military periodically accused one another in the violation, in General, the reviews and the parties to the conflict, and observers from the OSCE, the ceasefire was respected. However, on January 9, the intensity of attacks in the region has increased, as has the number of victims of the conflict. The Ministry of defence of Ukraine said that the APU build up reserves in all areas where combat operations are being conducted. Militias from our side told me that " pushed the front line to defend shelling of residential areas of the cities of the Ukrainian security forces. In the Ministry of foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation believe that the recent events in the Donbass confirm the most serious concerns about the intention of Kiev by force to resolve the situation in the Donbass.