On June 23, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in the course of which he informed on the situation in the East of Ukraine.
The Head of State informed that despite the ceasefire in the framework of his peace plan, militants didn't lay arms and continue shelling roadblocks and defensive bases of the Ukrainian Armed Forces. "In the last 24 hours, terrorists shelled Ukrainian servicemen 9 times. In total the militants violated the ceasefire 31 times," Petro Poroshenko informed.
The President informed the Federal Chancellor that the so-called leaders of separatists do not recognize the conditions of the ceasefire and bear full responsibility for that. Petro Poroshenko also informed that he had officially invited the Russian party to send its inspectors to the OSCE Monitoring mission to witness full implementation of the ceasefire by the Ukrainian party.
The interlocutors touched upon the work of Trilateral contact group in Donetsk with participation of former President of Ukraine Leonid Kuchma, the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office Heidi Tagliavini and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Russian Federation Mikhail Zurabov.
The Federal Chancellor positively evaluated the work of Trilateral contact group and expressed hope that not only official Kyiv, but also all the parties will make every effort to achieve peace.
Angela Merkel also informed Petro Poroshenko on the visit to Kyiv of Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier that will take place on June 24. The Federal Chancellor expressed support to the peace plan of the President and suggested holding on Wednesday the conference call in the format initiated in Normandy.