Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko had a phone conference in Normandy format upon his return to Kyiv from his working visit to Istanbul, Joinfo.ua reports with reference to the presidential press service.
President Poroshenko drew attention to the deteriorating situation in eastern Ukraine, especially to the massive shelling near the town of Avdiyivka, which is a serious obstacle to progress in the peace settlement.
The leaders of Normandy Four agreed that a de-escalation and a decisive and complete ceasefire are necessary for the further political dialogue.
President of Ukraine stressed that Russia must withdraw its troops from the occupied territory of Ukraine and stop supplying weapons and mercenaries. Petro Poroshenko has also emphasized the need to restore control over the Ukrainian-Russian border.
The leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia expressed support for the deployment of OSCE police mission in Donbas and the beginning of consultation on this issue.
During the talks, the participants have also emphasized the need for full implementation of the Minsk agreements, including the creation of security conditions for the local elections in certain areas of Luhansk and Donetsk regions on the basis of Ukrainian laws and regulations of the ODIHR/OSCE.
Poroshenko urged Russia to release all Ukrainian hostages, including Nadiya Savchenko, Hennadiy Afanasyev, Yuri Soloshenko.
Ukrainian President also called unacceptable the constant violation of rights of Crimean Tatars in the Russia-occupied Crimea and called on Russia to stop the persecution and to release all political prisoners immediately.