Poroshenko, Steinmeier discuss aggravation of humanitarian situation in Avdiivka

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has held the telephone conversation with newly-elected German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier. The presidents discussed the aggravation of the humanitarian situation in Avdiivka, Donetsk region.

This is reported by the press service of the Head of State.

In particular, Poroshenko congratulated Frank-Walter Steinmeier on a convincing victory in the presidential elections that were completed on February 12, 2017. “In the course of your tenure as the Minister of Foreign Affairs, you became a true friend of Ukraine. This is a reliable basis for the further development of friendship between our nations on your new presidential post,” the Head of State noted.

Petro Poroshenko underlined the role of Germany and its leadership in the process of restoration of sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine.

The parties discussed new escalation of Russian aggression in Donbas. “Special attention was paid to the aggravation of humanitarian situation in the area of Avdiivka where Russian militants keep shelling civilian objects and blocking access to the filtration station, which endangers the water supply for the whole region,” the press service reports.

Ukrainian President expressed hope that the so-called “Crimean package” of sanctions would be extended in March.


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