19 January 2018, Friday, 16:36

Agreement on ceasefire at MH17 crash site reached at talks in Minsk

The contact group reached an agreement on removing personal items of MH17 victims from the crash site within two days.

The trilateral contact group on a peaceful solution to the conflict in eastern Ukraine held talks in Minsk and announced a ceasefire at the crash site of the Malaysian plane.

The statement was made at a briefing by Volodymyr Hroisman, a Ukrainian deputy PM and head of the state committee investigating the causes of the crash, a journalist of RBC Ukraine reports.

“A decision has been made in the framework of the contact group that all hostilities along the corridor, which was established earlier today by OSCE officials and partners from the Netherlands and Australia, will be ceased,” Hroisman said.

According to Hroisman, the contact group reached an agreement to recover personal items of the crash victims within two days.

Representatives of Ukraine, the OSCE, Russia and the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic take part in the talks on solving the Ukrainian crisis. The talks began in Minsk on Thursday. The group includes former president of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, Russia's ambassador to Ukraine Mikhail Zurabov and representative of the current OSCE President in Ukraine Heidi Tagliavini.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko asked Lukashenka in a telephone conversation on July 29 to hold talks in Belarus to seek a solution to the Ukrainian crisis.

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