Leonid Kravchuk, the head of the Ukrainian delegation to the Tripartite Contact Group, announced the creation of a council with the participants from the Donbas region.

Kravchuk noted that many people offer their aid in the TCG’s work, including those who have worked in Donbas all their lives. According to the first President of Ukraine, this council will develop proposals for the Tripartite Contact Group.

“They occupied key organisational, political and economic positions there. That is, they are well known there, and they know Donbas well. I want to say again we think about the creation of people council. Not to invite a member to the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG, but to establish a council of people who will help gather opportunities, opinions, suggestions,” Kravchuk added.

To recap, the Ukrainian delegation to TCG has includes Donbas natives since 9 June. They are the journalists Denis Kazansky and Sergey Harmash  from Donetsk region, the International public organisation ‘Lugansk fellowship’ chairman Vadim Goran and Konstantin Liebster, a doctor from Lugansk.

At the same time, Witold Fokin, also a Donbas native, was dismissed by President Volodymyr Zelensky on 30 September from the position of the first deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation to the TCG after a high-profile scandal over a politician’s statements. In particular, Ukrainians were outraged by Fokin’s words that there was no war between Russia and Ukraine in Donbas, and the idea of ​​a general amnesty for pro-Russian militants, whom he called “rebels.”

Bohdan Marusyak

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