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Ukraine wants to create a security zone on both sides of the border with Russia in Donbas

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Ukraine calls for the establishment of a security zone in the border areas with Russia with OSCE monitoring and verification. Kyiv also proposes to set up a working subgroup in the Tripartite Contact Group on Borders.

This was stated by Deputy Permanent Representative of Ukraine to International Organizations in Vienna Ihor Lossovsky during an online meeting of the OSCE Security Cooperation Forum. According to him, the restoration of border control remains a key element of the conflict resolution process.

“The creation of a security zone in the border areas of both countries with constant monitoring and verification by the OSCE at the border, as provided by the Minsk Protocol, would be a step in the right direction. Ukraine proposes to create a working group within the TCG on border issues,” Lossovsky said.

The diplomat stressed the need to implement the results of the Normandy summit in Paris, which Russia continues to ignore.

He stated that Ukraine adheres to the principle of “security first” in a peaceful settlement, advocates the development of a new comprehensive ceasefire and calls on Russia to engage in constructive negotiations within the TCG on this issue.

Natalia Tolub

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