Donbas Conflict is the biggest problem on European continent, - Finland's President

Poltorak thanked for the possibility to discuss the current issues on the conflict
16:21, 27 February 2018

Ministry of Defense of Ukraine

Sauli Niinistö, the President of Finland thinks that the Donbas Conflict is the biggest problem on the European continent. He claimed this during his meeting with Stepan Poltorak, the Defense Minister of Ukraine as the ministry reported.

'We pay close attention to all events that take place in Ukraine and with the deepest condolence, we consider that the armed conflict in eastern Ukraine continues and the people suffer. This crisis is the biggest problem on the European continent', Niinistö noted.

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In his turn, Poltorak expressed the gratitude to Finland for the support of Ukraine on the international stage.

'I am thankful to the president of Finland for the consistent and constructive support of Ukraine in the international platforms, un-indifference to the fate of our citizens who defend the independence of the country', Poltorak emphasized.

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The defense minister also informed the present people at the meeting on the current situation in the east of Ukraine and view of the Ukrainian side on the settlement of the crisis.

The issue on the possibility to attract the UN peacekeepers to the stabilization of the situation and position of Ukraine toward the organization of the UN peacekeeping mission in the east of the country were discussed.

Earlier Petro Poroshenko, the President of Ukraine claimed that Russia may start trying to escalate the conflict in Eastern Ukraine any time.

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Russia did not fulfill any of the Minsk Agreement points during three years and it needs the destabilization of Ukraine.

The Normandy Four (Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia) signed the agreement 'Minsk II' at the leaders' level on February 12, 2015. The agreements also provide the ceasefire, disengagement of forces and heavy weaponry observed by the OSCE.

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