Photo: Press-service of Administration of the President of Ukraine
The President of Ukraine Vladimir Zelensky met with US special envoy in Ukraine with Kurt Volker. This was reported on the website of the President of the country.
The meeting was also attended by the US representative to the European Union Gordon Sandland. Zelensky both thanked diplomats for their support of Kiev from Washington.
The main theme of the talks was the situation in the Donbass, including the recent dilution of forces near the settlement Stanitsa Luganskaya. The parties discussed the need for pressure on the authorities of the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Luhansk people’s republics (DPR and LPR) to achieve the complete withdrawal of forces and improve the humanitarian situation in the region. Also during the talks the sides expressed hope that the recently announced an indefinite ceasefire will not be disrupted.
21 Jul at 00 hours 01 minute at the Donbass entered into force a new open — ended and absolute — the truce. Within a few days thereafter, each of the parties to the conflict managed to blame the enemy for his violation. However, all noted that the situation on the frontline has become more calm.
Special monitoring mission of the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE SMM) has announced the completion of the process of breeding troops near the village of Lugansk on Sunday, June 30. Framework agreement for the breeding of forces and means of the parties to the conflict in this area was achieved by the contact group in 2016. Then took the withdrawal of forces in the area of human settlements Golden and Petrovsky, but in the Village of Lugansk, he repeatedly failed.
The armed conflict in the South-East of Ukraine began in April 2014 after the change of power in Kiev. Ukrainian authorities accused Russia of involvement in the conflict. Moscow has repeatedly stated that it has nothing to do with what is happening in the Donbass.
Video, photo All from Russia.