Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Macron called on the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko to fulfill their duties on ensuring the cease-fire in Donbas. The demand was made in a joint statement published on Bundestag’s website.
“We demand that President Putin and President Poroshenko entirely fulfill their duty to cooperate publically and clearly, and ensure the case-fire, as well as give out the corresponding instructions to the military and local powers,” the message says.
It is noted that since the last phone negotiations of the Normandy Four on August 22, the situation in Eastern Ukraine “hasn’t considerably changed”.
“Despite the shared support of the four leaders of negotiations in the Normandy Four format, the new cease-fire agreement, signed by the Trilateral Contact Group members, wasn’t fully implemented. There are many cases of violating the cease-fire, including the usage of heavy weaponry. The SMM OSCE also reports threats to their personnel and restrictions of freedom of movement, especially in the un-controlled by the Ukrainian government territories,” the message says.
Since the beginning of the new cease-fire in Donbas, the militants didn't stop the attacks.