Friday, September 9 2016 19:45 EEST
Poroshenko had a phone conversation with Merkel during which they discussed security in Donbas
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Poroshenko and Merkel coordinate positions on Minsk implementation

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has had a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel during which they discussed security in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, Interfax-Ukraine reports.

'The president of Ukraine has expressed concern about the provocations by Russian mercenaries, including the use of heavy weapons, despite the announcement of the ceasefire on September 1,' the Ukrainian presidential press service said on Friday.

Reportedly, the two parties agreed to step up diplomatic efforts within the framework of the Trilateral Contact Group and the Normandy format to ensure the fulfillment of the security provisions of the Minsk agreements.

'The President of Ukraine thanked the German and French sides for a principled position regarding sanctions-based pressure on Russia until the complete restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity,' it said.

Poroshenko and Merkel also underlined the importance of the release of all hostages, including those who are illegally held in Russian territory.

During the conversation, the President of France was represented by his diplomatic adviser.

As reported earlier by, OSCE SMM in Ukraine: 'We recorded this significant decrease of level of violence.'

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