The contact group agreed on ceasefire in the Donbass

© RIA Novosti / Gennady to Dubovaya in photobomber of the militia DND on the position of the line of contact. Archival photoThe contact group agreed on ceasefire in the Donbass© RIA Novosti / Gennady to Dubovaya the image Bank

The contact group on settling the situation in Ukraine agreed on a cease-fire in the Donbass from midnight on 23 December, told journalists the Russian permanent representative at the talks, Boris Gryzlov.

«The contact group stressed the need to ensure peace and tranquility in the Donbass in connection with the upcoming Christmas holidays. Guided by previous agreements, the contact group reaffirmed the commitment to implementing a comprehensive, sustainable and indefinite ceasefire with zero hours on the 23rd of December 2017,» he said after the talks in Minsk.

This was confirmed by the OSCE special representative Martin Sajdik.

In addition, the band have confirmed their desire to exchange prisoners before the holidays, said Gryzlov. Earlier, Ukraine and DNR and LNR agreed on a list: Kiev needs to transfer to 306 people, and the Republic — 74.

In the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics have already expressed their willingness to abide by the truce.

«The armed forces of the DPR have always complied with the agreements reached in Minsk. As always, so this time we are ready to observe the cease-fire declared on 23 December and hope it will go into a long term truce», — said the head of the representative office of the DNI in the Joint center for control and coordination Ruslan Yakubov.

About the same said the official representative of the LPR militia Andrey Marochko. However, he expressed hope that the command of the security forces will not use the silence regime for provocations before the New year and Christmas.

The participants of the talks in Minsk have repeatedly agreed on a comprehensive and indefinite cease-fire, but never was able to establish for a long time: and the self-proclaimed republics and Kiev soon, said the resumption of attacks.

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