Donetsk, Jun 24 - DAN. Kiev negotiators use the topic of demining in Donbass to return Ukrainian armed formations’ manpower and equipment to the old positions, sources at the Donetsk People’s Republic delegation in the Contact Group said on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Ukrainian delegation in the Contact Group said that it had insisted at the video conference on agreeing 19 mine clearance areas in Donbss.

“Demining is just one of the conditions of the Donbass settlement plan which Ukraine is not ready to implement as it states at any opportunity,” a DPR delegation member said. “This zeal of deputy head of the Ukrainian delegation Mr Reznikov only shows that the Ukrainian leadership needs demining to return Ukrainian troops to the old positions."

The four subgroups and the Contact Group held sessions via video conference on June 22 and June 23.*jk