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 Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande discuss Minsk deal implementation, hostage situation

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel and President of France Francois Hollande.

As reported by Censor.NET citing Poroshenko's press office, the president expressed gratitude for the unwavering support in the struggle for restoration of Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity and implementation of the full-scale program of reforms.

The parties discussed the course of implementation of the Minsk agreements in terms of the settlement of the situation in the Donbas.

Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande emphasized the necessity of achieving progress in the implementation of the security block of the Minsk agreements, which will facilitate further advancement in other directions of peaceful settlement.

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Poroshenko drew attention to the inadmissible situation with Ukrainian hostages and citizens illegally detained in Russia.

The parties noted consistent efforts of Ukraine aimed at peaceful settlement, particularly unilateral liberation of 15 persons and ensuring water supply to certain areas of Luhansk region.

The parties agreed that it is necessary to continue the elaboration of the roadmap of the Minsk agreements' implementation.

Petro Poroshenko, Angela Merkel and Francois Hollande expressed confidence that the ratification of the Ukraine-EU Association Agreement and the provision of the visa-free regime for Ukrainians would be completed shortly.

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On the occasion of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations with Germany that will be marked in the coming days, the parties noted that the Ukraine-Germany cooperation had become a genuine partnership based on mutual respect, common European values and responsibility for maintaining peace and security on the continent.
   
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