Olifer said: "This year's first meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk has ended. The outcome is as follows.
"Full and unconditional cease-fire in the Donbas remains essential for restoring peace in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The Ukrainian side has to state with a deep regret: the cease-fire regime, which was to be followed in the Donbas during Christmas and New Year holidays, failed to become real.
"Ukraine reiterates that without a cease-fire, no mine lifting or tackling of political, humanitarian, and economic issues is possible. That is why Ukraine supports the initiative of Russia's envoy Boris Gryzlov on the absolute cease-fire regime which must be introduced immediately."
Kuchma's spokesperson wrote: "Particular attention was paid to the issue of releasing Ukrainian citizens from captivity. At the initiative of Ukraine, all parties have come to a mutual agreement to release more than 50 people from both sides in the near future, first of all, those wounded, seriously ill, and women.
"International humanitarian organizations, such as the International Committee of the Red Cross, should be allowed to those imprisoned in the occupied part of the Donbas. The ICRC also must be allowed to Ukrainian citizens who are illegally held in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions have repeatedly promised to do this but have not yet fulfilled their promises.
"The political subgroup is struggling to find a solution. Ukrainian position remains unchanged: the elections in non-government controlled areas should be held under Ukrainian laws, OSCE standards, and with the participation of Ukrainian parties and media."
"The work of economic subgroup has brought some concrete results today. The restoration of railway infrastructure as well as power supply systems is underway in the Donbas. In addition, they managed to work out a mechanism for repaying debts for water supply to Ukrainian enterprises in certain areas of the Luhansk region. It is important to note that this mechanism has been developed in accordance with Ukraine's legislation, taking into account the guarantees of the Russian side concerning the repayment of debt," Olifer summed up.