President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and the Head of France Francois Hollande discussed the situation regarding security in the Donbas region during a telephone conversation. It is reported by the press service of the leader of the Ukrainian state.
"Petro Poroshenko informed Hollande about the deterioration of the security situation in the Donbas region, in particular, an increase in the number of attacks by the Russia-backed militants, including those from heavy weapons. He also noted the lack of permanent OSCE SMM settlements in the areas of troops’ withdrawal. The presidents of Ukraine and France have agreed on the special importance of security component that has not yet been completed by Russia to be the primary part of the road map for the implementation of the Minsk agreements", reads the statement.
The head of Ukrainian state said Moscow is blocking the process of freeing the hostages, that is absolutely unacceptable.
It is noted that a diplomatic adviser to German Chancellor Christoph Hoyzgen also took part in the conversation, who apologized that Angela Merkel was unable to engage in it.
Poroshenko thanked the delegations of Germany and France for the support of the PACE resolution on the need to maintain sanctions against Russia. He also urged the EU to speed up the granting of visa-free regime for Ukrainians and ratification of the Association Agreement.