OREANDA-NEWS. At the meeting of the contact group on Donbass, Kiev took time to prepare an updated version of the project aimed at ensuring the implementation of the ceasefire measures. This was announced on December 9 by the plenipotentiary of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) in the contact group, DPR Foreign Minister Natalya Nikonorova.

“The delegation of Ukraine asked for more time to respond to our initiative to prepare an updated version of the draft statement, taking into account our principled positions,” she said.

According to Nikonorova, the DPR proposed practical steps. Thus, Ukraine was supposed to return to the coordinating mechanism for interaction between representatives of the DPR, the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR) and Ukraine in the Joint Center for Control and Coordination of the Ceasefire Regime (JCCC), which was agreed on July 22, 2020, in order to promptly suppress violations of the ceasefire regime.

She stressed that Kiev was also offered to officially abandon previous statements on the admissibility of opening return fire and using drones by the Ukrainian security forces on the ground without the consent of the higher command.

The DPR is waiting for the promised text of the statement and is ready to study it immediately, the DPR Foreign Minister summed up.

On December 8, Russia's plenipotentiary envoy to the contact group for resolving the situation in eastern Ukraine, Boris Gryzlov, said that Kiev refuses to agree with the DPR and LPR on the specifics of the future status of Donbass. In his opinion, precisely because the parties cannot reach an agreement, there is no progress in resolving the situation.

Earlier, on December 7, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) recorded the transfer by Ukraine of 30 tanks and 17 self-propelled howitzers to the conflict zone in the southeast of the country. In addition, the mission observed five armored combat vehicles in Kiev-controlled areas of Donetsk and Luhansk regions, including two residential areas.

On December 5, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov noted that Ukraine does not intend to follow the Minsk agreements of its own free will, it must be forced. According to him, it was for this that the "Normandy format" was created, but Germany and France are still "skimping on their obligations."