President Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande have discussed the situation in Donbas. They noted that, despite the reduction in the number of attacks since the announcement of the ceasefire on December 9, the troops and heavy weapons have not been withdrawn from the line of demarcation, the border has not been closed and the hostages are not released in accordance with the obligations of the parties set forth in the Minsk Protocol, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the press service of the Presidential Administration.
The President of Ukraine stressed on the need to release all the hostages, whose number for today exceeds 600 people.
Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande agreed that the Trilateral Contact Group should meet as soon as possible to take measures for further embodiment of all the items of the Minsk Protocol leading to de-escalation of the conflict, as well as to resolution of the humanitarian problems in Donbas.
In this context, the President announced the dire humanitarian situation and outlined the measures the Ukrainian side is taking to resolve it. The President of Ukraine said that in the coming days, the Ukrainian authorities would send humanitarian aid with food and medicines to the affected regions. The mechanism of the Trilateral Contact Group, as well as cooperation with international organizations is necessary for its proper delivery and distribution, he said.
Also, the sides discussed the possibility of increasing macro-financial assistance to Ukraine through the mechanism of international financial institutions and at the bilateral level.
The Presidents of Ukraine and France, as well as the Federal Chancellor of Germany spoke in favor of continuing the dialogue in the Norman format.