Poroshenko discussed with Volker the situation in the Donbass

Порошенко обсудил с Волкером ситуацию на Донбассе

During the meeting the parties paid considerable attention to the question of liberation of hostages.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with the special representative of the United States Ukraine with Kurt Volker, the press service of the head of state.

During the meeting the sides coordinated further steps to strengthen the international presence in the Donbas, both within the framework of the Normandy format, both domestic and international, primarily in the UN security Council.

Also Poroshenko and Walker discussed the security situation in the region and noted the importance of implementing the Minsk agreements, primarily in terms of the ceasefire, the withdrawal from Ukraine of Russian troops and equipment.

It is noted that the parties have devoted considerable attention to the question of liberation of hostages which illegally kept in uncontrolled Ukraine territories and in Russian prisons.

The President has conveyed to the U.S. envoy handling the family members of the hostages and expressed hope for effective support, especially in contacts with the Russian side with a view to their early release and return home.

It is noted that Walker praised the adoption of the law On the establishment of the necessary conditions for the peaceful settlement of the situation in certain districts of Donetsk and Lugansk regions of Ukraine. He pointed out that this decision is a clear signal in support of true loyalty of the Ukrainian side to a peaceful settlement.

We will remind, during a meeting with Walker the speaker of the Verkhovna Rada Andrew Parubiy noted the importance of strengthening the anti-Russian sanctions in the energy sector.