German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel macron urged Russia and Ukraine to put more effort for a complete ceasefire in the East of Ukraine. This is stated in a joint statement the two leaders, the text of which was circulated by the press service of the German government.
Merkel and macron stated that after a telephone conversation in the Normandy format, which took place on 22 August, the security situation in the East of Ukraine has not improved significantly, and an agreed cease-fire «is not respected in full».
«Numerous violations of the regime of silence, including with the use of heavy weapons. The observation mission of the OSCE continues to report about threats to its staff and the restriction of freedom of movement, especially in the uncontrolled Ukrainian government territory», – the statement stresses.
Merkel and macron stressed the need for cooperation between the parties to the conflict in the framework of the Joint center for control and coordination, and urged States to ensure free and safe access for OSCE observers.
«We urge the presidents Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko to fulfil their obligations, to publicly support the truce and provide appropriate instructions to the military on the scene of the conflict», – said in a statement.
The armed conflict in Eastern Ukraine began in April 2014. Fighting underway between the Armed forces of Ukraine and Pro-Russian rebels who control part of the Donetsk and Luhansk regions.
Peace negotiations in the trilateral contact group in Minsk (Ukraine, Russia, OSCE), as well as in the Normandy format with participation of representatives of Ukraine, France, Germany and Russia.
The trilateral contact group on settling the situation in the Donbass at the meeting in Minsk agreed to an indefinite ceasefire from midnight on August 25 in connection with the beginning of the school year.
The Ukrainian side in the Joint center for control and coordination of ceasefire, said that the gunmen broke the «school truce» already on the second minute after it is set.
Merkel and macron urged Putin and Poroshenko to comply with the ceasefire in the Donbass 28.08.2017