Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has instructed the Ukrainian Foreign Ministry to initiate a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the wake of the recent events in Crimea and the escalation of violence in Donbas, Interfax-Ukraine reports.
“The Foreign Ministry should arrange telephone conversations with the leaders of Germany and France in the tripartite Normandy format, ask for conversations with the U.S. vice president [Joe Biden] and European Council President Donald Tusk, and initiate a conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin,” the Ukrainian presidential press service reported following a conference attended by the top officials from security agencies and the Foreign Ministry.
President Poroshenko has also ordered to put on alert all Ukrainian security services units near the border of Kherson region with the occupied Crimea.
It should be recalled that on Wednesday, the Russian FSB has said it prevented terrorist attacks in Crimea prepared by the Ukrainian intelligence.
Ukraine’s State Security Service (SBU) has rejected the statement by the Russian FSB about the deployment of Ukrainian saboteurs to Russia-occupied Crimea.
Earlier today President Poroshenko said that Russian accusations that Ukraine launched terror attacks in the occupied Crimea are equally cynical and insane as its claims there is no Russian troops in eastern Ukraine.