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 Poroshenko and Mogherini discussed sending peacekeepers to Donbas and tightening sanctions against Russia

President Petro Poroshenko held a telephone conversation with EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini.

The two sides discussed the situation in the Donbas and the status of the Minsk agreement implementation on the eve of the informal meeting of EU foreign ministers, to be held March 6-7 in Riga, and the forthcoming meeting of the European Council on Foreign Relations.

This is reported by Censor.NET citing the press service of the Ukrainian head of state.

"The president urged the EU to use the implementation of the agreements Minsk and previous decisions of the European Council as a guide in the issue of continuation and possible tightening of sanctions against Russia. The president and the EU High Representative agreed on the necessity of immediate extension of the OSCE mandate, strengthening of technical and functional capacity of the special monitoring mission which is to carry out more effective monitoring and verification of the cease-fire and withdrawal of the equipment. President Poroshenko noted that it is necessary to start an international effort to deploy a peacekeeping contingent in the Donbas," the statement reads.

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"Federica Mogherini pledged her support of Ukraine and efforts of President Poroshenko. She expressed her condolences in regard to the accident at the Zasiadko mine in Donetsk, which killed 33 miners. The president said that this tragedy is the result of man-made and humanitarian situation in the Donbas, as well as the actions of the militants who did not allow the relevant Ukrainian services to conduct a rescue operation and save the lives of Ukrainian miners," the press service stated.

The two sides agreed on close coordination, as well as a meeting in the near future during the visit of the European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to Ukraine.

 
 
 
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