Ukraine offers ceasefire in the Donbas conflict area to start January 19 — Ukraine"s Foreign Ministry

Ukraine offers Russia to sign an implementation schedule of Minsk agreement in the redaction of November 13, 2014 and provide the ceasefire of 19 January, the statement by the MFA of Ukraine says.

"Ukraine strictly adheres to Minsk agreement provisions and requires the same from Russia. On November 13 2014, representatives of Ukraine and Russia signed a working document which provided for a clear schedule of Minsk memorandum implementation, including bilateral ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and return to the demarcation line. The Russian party called off its signature from the present document," the Foreign Ministry said.

"On January 18, Ukraine once again appealed to the Russian Federation with a proposal to sign a schedule for implementation of Minsk agreement is in the redaction of November 13 and ensure a cease fire effective from January 19," the statement notes.

Ukraine's Foreign Ministry believes the document will provide for an immediate cease fire and protect civilians from gunmen's attacks occurring in last four months in the region.

"The beginning of the document's implementation will create necessary conditions for Tripartite Consultation Contact Group meeting of foreign ministers of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia in near future, and later in the summit of heads of states and governments in Astana, Kazakhstan. We demand that the plan be implemented ... The Ukrainian party is ready to participate in consultations held by Trilateral contact group of Minsk agreement signatories at any time," the statement said.

As a background reminder, Minsk agreement provides for a cease fire by all parties to the conflict, restoration of Ukrainian control at the Ukrainian-Russian border, the immediate withdrawal of foreign troops and mercenaries from Ukraine, access to the demarcation line as of September 19 2014, withdrawal of heavy weapons, the release of the prisoners and illegally detained individuals, improving the humanitarian situation in the region and holding local elections according with the Ukrainian law. In fact, each of these provisions was ignored both by the Russian party and separatists.

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