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Merkel Concerned About Situation On Separation Line In Donbas

Merkel Concerned About Situation On Separation Line In Donbas

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel is concerned about the situation on the separation line in Donbas.

Merkel stated this at a joint news briefing with President Petro Poroshenko before a bilateral meeting in Germany, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"In the past few hours, we have learned once again that the ceasefire essentially does not exist and that soldiers are dying again. I have to say that the situation on the separation line is a source of concern," Merkel said.

She added that she and Poroshenko intended to discuss the implementation of the Minsk ceasefire agreements during their meeting.

"We have to do everything on the basis of what we have, namely the Minsk agreement, to implement them, even though it is not easy. We believe that the 'Normandy quartet,' the 'Normandy format' (Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia) is the right way, and we will continue to adhere to it despite the existing obstacles in order to achieve peace and political stability in Ukraine and restore its territorial integrity," she said.

Merkel also welcomed the reforms that Ukraine is implementing and expressed readiness to assist it in this process.

"These are tough restrictions imposed by the International Monetary Fund. Ukraine has so far fulfilled all the requirements, and we support and welcome its reform efforts and we will help with advice," she said.

Merkel added that economic growth is being observed in Ukraine despite the difficult situation in the country.

"Currently, 1,200 enterprises with German capital are operating in Ukraine. We established a joint chamber of commerce in the spring of last year, and our exports to Ukraine increased by almost 17% in the first three quarters of 2016," she said.

Poroshenko said that he intended to discuss the plan of measures (the roadmap) for implementation of the Minsk agreements.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, Poroshenko has called on the German Bundestag to recognize the Holodomor as genocide of the Ukrainian people.