Knock me down with a feather! I assume this is what generated Auslander's 'frozen conflict' comments above. I have put them in the time order they were released in.
Participants of the Contact Group on Ukraine signed on Tuesday an agreement on the withdrawal of tanks and weaponry with a caliber of under 100-mm from a separation line between Kiev-led forces and Donbass militia in eastern Ukraine.
MINSK (Sputnik) — A source close to the talks told RIA Novosti that the new arms pullout deal will be added to the package of Minsk peace accords, agreed on February 12 between Russian, Ukrainian, French and German leaders. "An agreement on the pullout of weaponry with caliber under 100-mm and tanks from the contact line in Donbass has been initialed."
The report was later confirmed by Donetsk envoy to Contact Group talks in Minsk Denis Pushilin.
Dariia Olifer, a spokeswoman for the Ukrainian government representative at the peace talks and ex-president Leonid Kuchma, posted to her Facebook page that the document was signed by Kuchma, OSCE Special Representative in Ukraine Martin Sajdik and Russian envoy to the talks Azamat Kulmukhametov. Olifer added that the agreement had not yet been signed by leaders of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics, who would sign them "through OSCE channels" by Thursday.
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Participants of the Contact Group on Ukraine initialed on Tuesday an agreement on the withdrawal of weaponry with caliber under 100-mm and tanks from a separation line between Kiev-led forces and Donbass militia in eastern Ukraine. "This is a much-anticipated news for people who live along the contact line," the Lugansk Information Center quoted Plotnitsky as saying. "I hope that this document, which we will sign tomorrow, will open the way for further implementation of the Minsk agreements."
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VIENNA, September 30. /TASS/. OSCE hails the agreement between Kiev and self-proclaimed republics of Donbass on withdrawal of weapons as a path to peace, OSCE’s Chairperson-in-Office and Serbia’s Foreign Minister Ivica Dacic said commenting on the agreement on withdrawal from the front line of weapons of calibre under 100mm, which the parties signed on Tuesday. He said the agreements proved the parties are ready to continue the peaceful settlement process, which is the only way to achieve the goal of gaining peace. It is time to improve trust and to speed up implementation of the measures on political, economic and humanitarian settlement of the situation.
OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission will follow up implementation of the agreement, he said, thus it would be most important the observers have access to all regions and their safety is provided accordingly.
Earlier on Tuesday, the Trilateral Contact Group initialled a document envisaging withdrawal of weapons under 100mm calibre to a distance of 15 kilometres for the line of engagement. The first stage would begin in two days, OSCE’s (Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe) Special Representative in Ukraine Martin Sajdik said, adding that first tanks would be pulled back, then artillery and then mortars. The first stage of 15 days will be followed by a 24-day second stage.
The agreement on the withdrawal of arms is an important step in resolving the conflict in Ukraine’s Donbass Region, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said while attending the UN General Assembly in New York.
BERLIN (Sputnik) — Participants of the Contact Group on Ukraine signed Tuesday an agreement on the withdrawal of tanks and weaponry with a caliber of under 100-mm from a separation line between Kiev-led forces and Donbass militia in eastern Ukraine. "This is good news from Minsk. Withdrawal of weapons, which was finally agreed today, is an important step for the preservation of a ceasefire in the east of Ukraine, I highly welcome it," Steinmeier said, as cited by the foreign ministry’s website.
The new arms pullout deal is expected to be added to the package of Minsk peace accords, agreed on February 12 between the leaders of the Normandy Four, which includes Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany.
“For months, including at the last meeting of the Normandy Format foreign ministers, we constantly worked on the development of this matter,” Steinmeier said adding that other points of the Minsk deal require implementation as well. The leaders of the so-called Normandy Format are expected to hold a summit in Paris on Friday. According to Steinmeier, the upcoming summit is a rare opportunity to substantially move forward in the resolution of the Ukrainian conflict.
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Then, after all the 'elections in the East will kill Minsk' stuff we have this, no indication of which side of the ceasefire line (my highlight) he is talking about.
Ukraine wants to clarify the process for local elections in Donetsk and Lugansk regions in the country’s east during the upcoming Normandy Quartet talks, Ukraine Deputy Head of the Presidential Administration Konstantin Eliseev told Sputnik.
UNITED NATIONS (Sputnik) — On October 25, Ukraine is scheduled to hold parliamentary elections. The Donetsk and Lugansk breakaway republics have announced plans to hold local elections on October 18 and November 1 respectively.
"We would like to achieve some tangible results, first of all, with regard to the modality of the local elections in certain areas in Donetsk and Lugansk," Eliseev said on Tuesday.
On Friday, the so-called Normandy Quartet of Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia will meet in Paris to continue talks and discuss additional measures to implement Minsk peace agreements reached in February.
Kiev has strongly objected to the plans for separate elections in the eastern republics.
Under the February Minsk protocol, Ukraine must undergo constitutional reforms, including decentralization, and allow for local elections in the Donetsk and Lugansk before the end of 2015.
Read more: http://sputniknews.com/europe/20150930/1027756730/Ukraine-Wants-Electionsin-East-Clarified.html#ixzz3nD79PQk4