Donetsk, Jan 26 – DAN. Kiev's representatives at the Minsk talks refused to discuss possible ways to de-escalate the situation in Donbass, the LPR Ministry of Foreign affairs said.

"At the first meeting of the Contact Group this year, instead of discussing ways to reduce the escalation both on the line of contact and in the media, as well as options of returning on a constructive negotiations track, the Ukrainian side preferred to stick to the unproductive tactics of refusing to converge positions,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The situation in Donbass has deteriorated even further recently, as Ukrainian army is preparing a new offensive against the region, and floods the territories it controls along the line of contact with radicals, MLR sustems, NATO weapons and chemical units. *ot