Diplomatic advisors of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel, and President of France Francois Hollande urged Russia to unblock the process of liberation of hostages in Donbas, particularly on the eve of Easter. The press service of President Petro Poroshenko announced this in a statement following a meeting in the Normandy format at the level of diplomatic advisors of leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia in Minsk on April 6, 2017, Ukrainian News Agency reports. "On April 6, 2017, the meeting in the Normandy format at the level of diplomatic advisors of leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia took place in Minsk," reads the statement. "Ukraine, Germany and France called on Russia to unblock the process of liberation of hostages in Donbas, particularly on the eve of Easter. It was once again emphasized that the liberation of hostages requires immediate solution," reads the statement. At the consultations in Minsk, the parties discussed key aspects of the Minsk agreements' implementation and highlighted the priority of fulfilling their security components. "The Ukrainian, German and French parties decried violation of ceasefire regime, introduced on April 1, 2017 pursuant to the decision of the Trilateral Contact Group of March 29, 2017, by Russia-backed militants," reads the statement. The parties stand for immediate consolidation of ceasefire in Donbas. According to the statement, proper implementation of the arrangements as regards withdrawal of heavy weaponry was also discussed. "Special emphasis was laid on ensuring security of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe Special Monitoring Mission (OSCE SMM) in Donbas and unhindered access to all occupied territories. The Russian side was urged to take every necessary effort to prevent militants from intimidating the Mission's observers. It was underscored that the SMM must have every opportunity to fulfill its mandate completely," reads the statement. The statement reads that the Ukrainian party emphasized that the latest steps of Russia and Russia-backed militants in Donbas, particularly de-facto expropriation of Ukrainian enterprises and recognition of illegal documents contradict the Minsk agreements and endanger the whole settlement process. According to the statement, the parties agreed to continue intensive contacts within the Normandy format with a view to harmonize the roadmap of implementation of the Minsk agreements. As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, President Petro Poroshenko, Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande have agreed to elaborate the agenda for a meeting in the Normandy Format (with the participation of Ukraine, Germany, Russia and France) to discuss the implementation of the agreements reached in Minsk (Belarus) on February 12, 2015.