Poroshenko, Putin spoke over the phone on anniversary of Minsk accords

Postado Fevereiro 15, 2018

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has confirmed that he has recently had a telephone conversation with Russian President Vladimir Putin, during which they talked about the exchange of hostages and the deployment of a United Nations peacekeeping force to Donbas.

"Our press release made this public, the objective [of the conversation] mainly included two components". The first is the issue that was announced three years ago during the signing of the Minsk-2 in 2015.

He said he envisioned a peacekeeping mission to be deployed throughout the entire occupied territory, a mission that "will be empowered to establish order, hold people accountable, disarm illegal armed groups and bring peace to Ukrainian soil, and provide conditions for reintegrating these territories back to Ukraine".

"The second position is that we can not, in any case, stop in the way of the release of our hostages".

The second component discussed during the conversation concerns the people whom Russian Federation is holding in captivity, Poroshenko said. "I can't and won't give you any names now, because this would hinder the return process", he said.

In the phone conversation, made by Kiev's initiative, both statesmen referred to the possibility of continuing the exchange of prisoners, begun at the end of last December in the conflictive region of Donbass, said presidential spokesperson, Dmitri Peskov.

"The conversation dealt mainly with this", Poroshenko said.