President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a phone conversation with President of the European Commission José Manuel Barroso in the course of which the latter expressed support to the peace plan and the ceasefire regime.
Petro Poroshenko expressed gratitude to the EU for the solidarity with Ukraine and assured in a close coordination of actions. The President expressed the intention to personally present the information on the first results of implementing the peace plan to the EU leaders before the session of the European Council on June 27.
The President of the European Commission asked about the situation in the East of Ukraine and the progress of negotiations. Petro Poroshenko informed that in response to peaceful initiatives, terrorists didn’t lay down arms and continue shelling the units of the Armed Forces of Ukraine. “In the last 72 hours, since the announcement of truce, there has been no improvement of the situation in the east. On the contrary, terrorists have violated the ceasefire regime 31 times already. Ukraine has lost one soldier, 7 have been wounded. Still, we insist on peaceful settlement. In particular, we have invited the inspectors of the OSCE mission to witness full compliance with the conditions of the peace plan by the Ukrainian party,” the President noted.
The President also informed on the readiness to send a group to Sloviansk to restore the infrastructure destroyed by militants and the supply of water and energy when there will be appropriate security conditions.
The Head of State positively appraised the conclusions of the EU Council at the level of Foreign Ministers. Today, the EU Council provided a high assessment of the fulfillment by Ukraine of the first phase of the Visa Liberalization Action Plan and informed on the decision to initiate work in the framework of the second phase of the VLAP,” the President emphasized.
Petro Poroshenko expressed gratitude to José Manuel Barroso for the financial assistance to the reform of the judiciary and the law enforcement bodies. He assured that Ukraine is willing to demonstrate significant progress in the given direction.
The Ukrainian President highly evaluated the decision of the EU Council to establish a mission in the framework of the Common Security and Defense Policy of the EU to assist Ukraine in the reformation of civilian security sector, including police.