Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of Germany, expressed a deep concern about a constant violation of the ceasefire in East Ukraine. She said it during her visit to Italy in Assisi, where she arrived to be awarded a peace prize, as Radio Svoboda reports.
“Ukraine concern us. We are trying to implement Minsk Agreements in the “Normandy format”, which unities Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine,” Merkel stated.
Yet, the ceasefire is violated every night, casualties are reported every day,” she said.
Armed conflict in Ukraine started in April 2014. Battle actions are being conducted between the Armed Forces of Ukraine and pro-Russian militants, who control the part of Donetsk and Luhansk region.
The talks concerning the arrangement of the conflict are being held in the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk (Ukraine, Russia, OSCE) and in the Normandy format – with the participation of the representatives from Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia.
Last talks of the “Normandy four” leaders took place on June 24, 2017. Therefore, Angela Merkel, the Chancellor of France, and Emmanuel Macron, the President of France, made a joint statement, where they have stated that the violation of the ceasefire in Donbas has to stop immediately.