Petro Poroshenko: UN peacekeepers instead of the Ukraine

The President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held a phone conversation in the Normandy format with President of France Emmanuel Macron, Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of Russia Vladimir Putin. The interlocutors heard the report of the Chairman of the special OSCE monitoring mission in Ukraine of Ertugrul Apakan and his Deputy Alexander Chua.

The President has called the last days of July one of the bloodiest in 2017, and urged Russia to immediately stop aggressive actions and the supply of weapons to the occupied territories.

The interlocutors stressed the importance of a full ceasefire, withdrawal of heavy weapons and holding the dilution of forces with round-the-clock monitoring of the situation of the OSCE SMM.

Poroshenko stressed the importance of the introduction in the Donbass UN peacekeeping mission. The Ukrainian President also stressed once again that the release of the hostages blocking the Russian side: Ukraine insists on the immediate release of all hostages, including those illegally held in Russia, in particular Oleg Sentsov and Roman Sushchenko.

The French President and the German Chancellor stressed the inadmissibility of any statements that undermine the territorial integrity of Ukraine, in particular the creation of so-called “little”.

During a two-hour conversation, an agreement was reached to coordinate the final steps for security and to continue work on roadmap of implementation of the Minsk agreements. To this end, in the second half of August, a meeting of foreign policy advisers to heads of States in the Norman format.