Poroshenko hopes document on implementing peace plan to be signed at contact group meeting on Sept 5

It is expected that a document on the start of implementation of the peace plan to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine will be signed during a trilateral contact group meeting in Minsk on September 5, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told reporters in Newport, Wales in the framework of the NATO summit.

It is expected that a document on the start of implementation of the peace plan to resolve the situation in eastern Ukraine will be signed during a trilateral contact group meeting in Minsk on September 5, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko told reporters in Newport, Wales in the framework of the NATO summit.

"I have informed our partners about the talks held with Russian President Vladimir Putin and about the plans, which should occur tomorrow, where, according to preliminary information, a document foreseeing the stages of implementing the peace plan in Ukraine should be signed," Poroshenko said.

A ceasefire is a key element of this plan, the Ukrainian president said.

It has been reported that on September 3 Poroshenko said that he expected talks regarding a peaceful settlement of the situation in the Donetsk and Luhansk regions to begin in the framework of the trilateral contact group on September 5.

The joint action plan might become a basis for consultations of the trilateral contact group in Minsk on September 5, Poroshenko said during a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. It is hoped that the proposals regarding a ceasefire in east will be implemented by all parties, he said.

During the Ukraine-Russia-OSCE contact group meeting held in Minsk on September 1 on resolving the situation in eastern Ukraine, issues of the further release of persons detained during the conflict and delivering humanitarian aid with the possible participation of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) were discussed.

Moscow was represented at the meeting by Russian Ambassador in Kiev Mikhail Zurabov and Kiev - by second Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma. First Deputy Prime Minister of the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic (DPR) Andrei Purgin attended the consultations on behalf of the DPR and Luhansk militia leader Alexei Karyakin - on behalf of the self-proclaimed Luhansk People's Republic (LPR).

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