In the administration of the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko said that the Ukrainian leader during the escalation of the conflict in the Donbas has twice discussed the situation with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the phone. About it reports “Interfax-Ukraine”.
The talks were held in coordination with the European partners of the “Norman Quartet”, told the news Agency in the press service of the administration. Representatives of the Ukrainian President called these contacts are futile and explained that that is why officially they have not been previously announced.
Poroshenko talked to Putin to “stop the constant shelling of the Town and to restore the energy supply of the city and also to free the hostages, including Oleg Sentsov, Roman Sushchenko,” noted in the administration.
Earlier that Putin and Poroshenko since the beginning of 2017 held a number of phone calls, wrote the newspaper “Kommersant”, citing several sources in Kyiv and Moscow. According to the newspaper, the presidents talked on the phone at least four times since the beginning of the year.
The newspaper’s sources noted that the contacts are not officially reported in order to avoid criticism of Poroshenko radical camp. The last phone conversation as wrote “Kommersant”, took place on 21 February. It was noted that its initiator was the Ukrainian President. The topic of conversation neizvesno.