Poroshenko calls on Putin to release Ukrainian political prisoners

Source : 112 Ukraine

President Poroshenko discussed the situation with leaders of Russia, Germany and France
10:11, 24 May 2016

Ukrainian President

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with leaders of Russia, France and Germany after his official visit to Istanbul, Turkey, reports press service of Poroshenko.

Poroshenko pointed to increasing tension in east Ukraine’s military conflict, in particular shelling of Avdiivka, which is a significant obstacle to peaceful settlement of the conflict.

The parties agreed, that only considerable de-escalation of the conflict and full ceasefire will ensure further political dialogue.

Ukraine’s President stressed the need for Russia to withdraw weapons from occupied territories of Ukraine, stop supplying militants with weapons, as well as to ensure Ukraine’s control over the border.

Poroshenko urged the Russian Federation to release all Ukrainian political prisoners, including Nadia Savchenko, Gennadiy Afanasiev and Yuriy Soloshenko.

Petro Poroshenko called unacceptable constant violations of the rights of Crimean Tatars in Russian-occupied Crimea and urged to stop prosecution against them and release all political prisoners.

Ukraine peace talks at the level of Foreign Ministers and leaders of Germany, France, Ukraine and Russia have been aimed at finding a peaceful solution to Donbas conflict since June 2014.

Related: All sides in Ukraine conflict support sending OSCE police mission to monitor situation on the ground

Related: Poroshenko: ‘I’ll do my best to return Nadia Savchenko to Ukraine by the end of May’

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