Today, U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Kyiv, where he met with President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko. The subject of the meeting was the problem of settlement of the Donbas conflict, reports Joinfo.ua.
"We are working on achieving a peaceful settlement of the conflict and an end to the aggression. We cooperate in the field of security in order to find the most effective solution to the current situation," Poroshenko said.
But, according to the heads of state, the violence is growing, and the citizens of Ukraine are dying.
"Today, we have an increase of terrorists" violence supported by the Russian Federation. They carry out barbaric attacks on the civilians. The attacks result in casualties among the peaceful residents. The attacks in Volnovakha, Mariupol, and Debaltseve are absolutely unacceptable in the 21st century," Poroshenko said.
John Kerry, in his turn, confirmed the intention to resolve the conflict peacefully. "We want a diplomatic solution but we cannot close our eyes to tanks that are crossing the border from Russia and coming into Ukraine. We cannot close our eyes to Russian fighters in unmarked uniforms crossing the border, and leading individual companies of so-called separatists in battle," Kerry said.
"I am here today to express support, friendship and cooperation with the United States, the Presidential Administration, and our people," he said, adding that "the people of the United States strongly support the Ukrainians in the fight for their democratic future."
He said that Russia must immediately stop supporting separatists, withdraw heavy weapons, close the border and free the hostages.
Earlier, it was reported that today, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are in Kyiv with an urgent visit, and tomorrow, they will visit Moscow.