Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande discussed recent developments in Donbas

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a trilateral phone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.

A s reported by Censor.NET citing Poroshenko's press office, the parties discussed the situation in Donbas.

Petro Poroshenko condemned the lasting aggression of Russia and the ongoing attacks committed, inter alia, with heavy weaponry by the Russian militants and servicemen despite the cease-fire declared on April 1.

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The parties underlined the need for consolidation of the cease-fire deal.

The president stressed the importance of liberation of all hostages held in the occupied Donbas and in Russia.

The parties confirmed the importance of further efforts aimed at the implementation of the Minsk agreements.

President Poroshenko thanked Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande for supporting the introduction of the visa-free travel to the EU for Ukrainians.

As reported, the Trilateral Contact Group resolving situation in the Donbas agreed on the Easter cease-fire on March 29 .

Ukraine's Defense Minister Stepan Poltorak confirmed March 30 that t he Ukrainian side was ready to fulfill the Minsk agreements and observe the cease-fire in the Donbas, but intended to adequately respond in case of threat to servicemen's lives or attempts to seize new territories.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n434665