The delegation of Russia in the Contact Group will seek from the parties of the conflict between Donbass and Ukraine full release of prisoners, the Permanent Representative of the Russian Federation in the Contact Group Boris Gryzlov said.
Russia did not make decisions on the supply of arms to Donbass against the background of the US intention to start supplying arms to Ukraine, the press secretary of the President Dmitry Peskov said on Monday.
The New Year armistice was again violated. Ukrainian forces opened fire on the village Sosnovskoe of the Novoazovsky district in the south of the DPR and the village Krutaya Balka near Yasinovataya. They used mortars and small arms.
The Armed Forces of Ukraine opened fire on the west of Donetsk from grenade launchers. They shelled the village Trudovskie from the direction of the settlement Maryinka,» the representative of the command of the DPR said.
The exchange of prisoners between the Donetsk People’s Republic, the Lugansk People’s Republic and Ukraine will be held on the 27th of December, the head of the Donetsk People’s Republic, Alexander Zakharchenko reported in the Russian capital at the Peacemaking Meeting with the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Kirill. Zakharchenko expressed hope that the Ukrainian side will fulfill conditions of the exchange.
Residents of the village Lozovsky in the Luhansk People’s Republic and the Union of Paratroopers of the Stavropol region gave gifts, New Year cards and sweets to the soldiers of the People’s Militia defending the borders of the Republic. They offered tea, told about their service and thanked for their attention and support.