Donetsk talks endorse ceasefire, assistance in freeing hostages - official

A ceasefire agreement was reached during a Donetsk meeting of the trilateral group to implement Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's plan to restore peace to Ukraine's eastern regions, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Andriy Parubiy, has said.

A ceasefire agreement was reached during a Donetsk meeting of the trilateral group to implement Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's plan to restore peace to Ukraine's eastern regions, the secretary of the National Security and Defense Council (NSDC), Andriy Parubiy, has said.

"An agreement has already been achieved to stop gunfire, free hostages and rebuild the region's infrastructure," Parubiy told the ICTV television station on Monday.

These agreements were reached at Monday's meeting of the trilateral contact group, which includes Ukraine, the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe and Russia, he said.

"Water supplies have just been restored to Slavyansk with the help of Ukrainian specialists," he added.

The negotiations between representatives of Ukraine, the "Donetsk People's Republic", the "Lugansk People's Republic" and Russia were held in the militia-controlled building of the Donetsk region administration on June 23.

The meeting was attended by Russian Ambassador to Russia Mikhail Zurabov, envoy of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe chairperson-in-office Heidi Tagliavini, Ukraine's second president Leonid Kuchma, Ukrainian Choice public organization leader Viktor Medvedchuk, Southeast movement leader Oleh Tsaryov, as well as representatives of the "Donetsk and Lugansk People's Republics". The contact group's members met with Poroshenko before leaving for Donetsk.

The first session of the trilateral contact group took place in Kiev on June 8. Ukraine's then-Ambassador to Germany Pavlo Klimkin, who was recently appointed to the post of Ukrainian foreign minister, represented Kiev at that meeting.

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