Between June 1-15, 2016, 3,340 mortar and artillery rounds have been fired on Ukrainian army positions, including of large caliber prohibited by the Minsk agreements. Hostilities continue to destroy the infrastructure of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including the newly restored railway facilities.
These issues were discussed during today's meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk, Censor.NET reports quoting Darka Olifer, the press secretary of Ukraine's representative in talks Leonid Kuchma.
"The representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions keep shelling settlements, with Krasnohorivka having come under fire the last night. In this connection, Ukraine offered to immediately investigate all recent cases of attacks. This is the task of the security subgroup and JCCC (Joint Center for Control and Coordination) representatives," she said.
Also, according to her, Ukraine at a meeting of the humanitarian subgroup firmly raised the question of hostage release - both those held in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions and those detained in Russia.
"Yesterday, we again handed over lists of people for swapping under the 25-for-50 formula. The Ukrainian side demands that the representatives of certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions name the exact whereabouts of our people, which is the key problem in the process of the release of illegally detained persons," Olifer notes.
"In addition, Ukraine initiated holding a special day in the non government-controlled areas of the Donbas on which mothers and wives could visit their relatives held hostage in certain areas of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. Such a visit could take place under the auspices of the International Committee of the Red Cross. The issue of the release of illegally detained persons is the most sensitive and complicated, but we keep doing this work and insist that people should be able to return home to their loved ones," she summed up.
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