The presidents of Russia and Ukraine, Vladimir Putin and Volodimir Zelenski, welcomed the measures that enabled a new ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, which will come into force on Monday and Sunday, and showed disagreements over the holding of regional elections in Ukraine according to Russia violates the principles of hostility reduction agreements.
On Wednesday, the Trilateral Contact Group (Russia, Ukraine and OSCE) agreed on a package of additional measures to ensure the ceasefire regime, which will enter into force on July 27. With this in mind, the Kremlin has pointed out that both heads of state and government have discussed these proposals in detail with positive results.
However, Putin has said that Ukraine must show “real will” to implement the so-called Minsk Agreement, especially after the Ukrainian Rada (parliament) announced regional elections across the country, except in the Donetsk and Lugansk separatist regions. According to the official Sputnik news agency.
Putin also regretted Zelenski’s draft law “On amendments to the introduction of the Ukrainian constitution (for the decentralization of power)” introduced in December last year, which deals with the administrative and territorial structure without the special status of Eastern Ukraine, Donbass was provided for in the Minsk agreements.