The presidents of Russia, Ukraine and France and German Chancellor held a July 24 telephone conversation in the format “channel four” on the settlement of the conflict in Eastern Ukraine. Vladimir Putin, Petro Poroshenko, Emmanuel macron and Angela Merkel discussed the situation in the Donbass, said the press service of the Kremlin, “given the serious failures with the implementation of the Minsk agreements”.
Also, the leaders heard the report of the Special monitoring mission of the OSCE, which dealt with the situation with the ceasefire in Eastern Ukraine.
Poroshenko said that “the last days of July have become one of the bloodiest in 2017” in the East of the country, said the press service of the Ukrainian President. He demanded the “immediate cessation of aggressive actions and the supply of weapons to the occupied territories”, by which is meant the territory of the breakaway DND and LNR. He also accused Russia that it prevents the release of the hostages, “including those illegally held in Russia, in particular Oleg Sentsov and Roman Sushchenko”. Earlier, on 21 July, Poroshenko discussed the situation in Donbas, Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko. As reported the edition “Ukrainian truth”, Poroshenko said that all the time in the conflict in the East of the country killed 11 thousand Ukrainians, including military and civil, the situation in the Donbass he called a “bloody agony”. Two days later, the situation in the East of Ukraine came to appreciate the special representative of U.S. Secretary of state Kurt Volker. He said that the conflict is not frozen, in Donbass there is a “hot war”.
On telephone negotiations in the “Normandy format” Ukraine’s President raised the issue of the introduction of UN peacekeepers to the East of the country, stressing the importance of such a step. Other details of the discussion of this question by the press service of Poroshenko reported. The Ukrainian President discussed the possibility of putting peacekeepers with U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson at the end of April, the Kremlin said that Kiev is necessary first to discuss the issue with Donetsk and Lugansk.
Merkel and macron, according to the Ukrainian side, on Monday declared the inadmissibility of the statements on the establishment of the Ukraine.
The day before, July 23, Poroshenko wrote on his page in Facebook that may incur during a call, the tightening of anti-Russian sanctions if Donbass is not respected the truce.
The French President in his Twitter account described the talks as “direct dialogue for action.” The leaders of the four countries, in his words, “dynamically” confirmed to work together to resolve the crisis.
The last such talks were held on 18 April, their main topics was the so-called Easter truce in the Donbass and the exchange of prisoners between Ukraine, DNR and LC.