Monday, the U.S. Vice President Joe Biden met in Kyiv with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in the course of his working visit to Ukraine. The main topics of the meeting were the status of the implementation of the Minsk agreements, coordination of actions on security, humanitarian, social, economic and political settlement in Donbas, Joinfo.ua reports with the reference to the AP press service.
Speaking of the conflict in Donbas, the U.S. Vice President emphasized that Russia must fully implement the Minsk agreements. Joe Biden stated: “The U.S. support Ukraine in countering Russian aggression and pro-Russian separatists. We are convinced that a solution to the conflict will depend on diplomatic work based on strict compliance with the Minsk agreements by the two parties. Minsk will not succeed, unless Russia fulfills its obligations.”
President Poroshenko thanked for the firm and consistent support for the position of Ukraine that Russia must implement the Minsk agreements, which is the only way to ensure peace in Ukraine and restore Ukrainian sovereignty over the occupied territories.
The President emphasized that it had been the fourth visit of Vice President Biden in the last two years. A year ago, in the course of the last visit, there was a real war in Donbas. Today, the intensity of shelling was reduced significantly. “Unfortunately, war is continued. Today, we had 14 occasions of mortar shelling that injured 8 Ukrainian servicemen. In conditions of constant violations of the ceasefire regime by Russia, we have discussed future actions to ensure full implementation of the Minsk agreements by Russia and Russia-backed militants,” – Petro Poroshenko said.