Excerpt from answers to journalists’ questions following working visit of President of Russia to
September 3, 2014, 16:40, Ulan Bator
QUESTION: Mr President, you spoke with Mr Poroshenko today. The Ukrainian authorities initially announced
that you had agreed on a complete ceasefire, but then explanations came that what is under discussion are concrete
steps for settling the situation, which is understandable, given that Russia is not a party to this conflict. If there
was discussion of concrete steps, what are they, and what will happen next?
PRESIDENT OF RUSSIA VLADIMIR PUTIN: Yes, I did speak with President Poroshenko this morning, and it seemed to
me at any rate that our views on how to settle the conflict are very close, as the diplomats say.
On the way here from Blagoveshchensk to Ulan Bator, I jotted down a few thoughts that could constitute an action
plan of sorts. True, I have only these notes that I jotted down, but I can read them to you if you want.
In order to stop the bloodshed and stabilise the situation in southeast Ukraine, I believe that the parties to the
conflict should immediately agree on and coordinate the following steps:
First, end active offensive operations by armed forces, armed units and militia groups in southeast Ukraine in the
Donetsk and Lugansk areas.
Second, withdraw Ukrainian armed forces units to a distance that would make it impossible to fire on populated areas
using artillery and all types of multiple launch rocket systems.
Third, allow for full and objective international monitoring of compliance with the ceasefire and monitoring of the
situation in the safe zone created by the ceasefire.
Fourth, exclude all use of military aircraft against civilians and populated areas in the conflict zone.
Fifth, organise the exchange of individuals detained by force on an ‘all for all’ basis without any
Sixth, open humanitarian corridors for refugees and for delivering humanitarian cargoes to towns and populated areas
in Donbass – Donetsk and Lugansk Regions.
Seventh, make it possible for repair brigades to come to damaged settlements in the Donbass region in order to
repair and rebuild social facilities and life-supporting infrastructure and help the region to prepare for the
I think that the Kiev authorities and the representatives of southeast Ukraine could come to basic agreements and
cement them at the contact group’s planned meeting on September 5.
I want to note that this statement and all I just said follow on from the telephone conversation with President
Poroshenko that you asked about. I hope very much that Ukraine’s government will support the emerging progress in
bilateral relations and make use of the positive opportunity the contact group’s work provides to bring about final and
comprehensive settlement to the situation in southeast Ukraine, in full and unconditional respect for the lawful rights
of those who live there of course.
That is all I have to say. I have nothing to add. Thank you.