The Ukrainian National Security and Defence Council (NSDC) has explained which proposals will be made by Ukraine at a meeting of the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on Friday.
The details of the Ukrainian president's "peace plan" were announced at a briefing by NSDC information and analytical center spokesman Andriy Lysenko, a Ukrinform correspondent reported. "According to President [Petro] Poroshenko, the action plan should include mutual obligations regarding the regime of a bilateral ceasefire, its monitoring and verification on the part of the OSCE, the withdrawal of all foreign troops from Ukrainian territory, the introduction of a buffer frontier zone, and the release of all hostages and citizens of Ukraine illegally held by terrorists in Russia," Lysenko said. He said Poroshenko hopes that a joint action plan could serve as a basis for consultations of the Trilateral Contact Group, which will meet in Minsk on September 5. "Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko calls for the speedy launch of a real peace process in the Ukrainian Donbas. The head of state expressed hope that proposals for the ceasefire would be implemented by all parties," he said.