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Poroshenko, German Chancellor Merkel Discuss Situation In Luhansk And Steps Toward Deployment Of UN Peacekeepi

Poroshenko, German Chancellor Merkel Discuss Situation In Luhansk And Steps Toward Deployment Of UN Peacekeeping Mission In Donbas

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President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has discussed with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the situation in Luhansk and further steps toward the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping mission in Donbas.

The presidential press service announced this in a statement following his meeting with Chancellor Merkel in the framework of the working visit to Brussels, Ukrainian News Agency reports.

"The parties discussed the dangerous developments in the Donbas provoked by the ceasefire regime violation by Russian militants, including cases of shelling of civilian objects, as well as the situation in Luhansk. Further steps were coordinated to advance the initiative to deploy a UN peacekeeping mission throughout the occupied Donbas area, including the uncontrolled section of the Ukrainian-Russian state border," reads the statement.

They also discussed the approximate schedule of contacts in the Normandy format (Ukraine, Germany, France, and Russia).

Poroshenko and Merkel also have agreed to make maximum efforts to achieve release of hostages in Donbas and political prisoners in Russia as soon as possible.

"Petro Poroshenko and Angela Merkel agreed to make maximum efforts to release the Ukrainian hostages in the Donbas and the political prisoners illegally detained in Russia and in the occupied Crimea as soon as possible," reads the statement.

President Poroshenko stressed that the ongoing Russian aggression in the Donbas and the significant deterioration of the situation in the occupied Crimea required the continuation of the sectoral and economic sanctions against the Russian Federation.

As Ukrainian News Agency earlier reported, in July 2017, leaders of the Normandy Four countries (Ukraine, Germany, France, Russia) agreed to continue working on a Road Map for implementation of the Minsk Agreements.