10:13 May. 24, 2016
Leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia held phone talks on situation in eastern Ukraine
Participants of the Normandy format held late-night phone talks on the conflict in eastern Ukraine on May 24. During the negotiations, leaders of Ukraine, Germany, France and Russia expressed support for the armed OSCE mission to Donbas.
"The leaders agreed to begin consultations regarding the conditions of the police patrols. It was also established that a firm de-escalation and a complete ceasefire were needed in order to continue the political dialogue", reported the press-service of the Ukrainian President.
Poroshenko additionally emphasised on the necessity of withdrawal of the Russian troops from the Donetsk and Luhansk regions. The President stated, Moscow had to stop supporting the separatists both financially and military. Poroshenko also brought up the issue of the Russian-Ukrainian border control.
The Kremlin, in turn, reported, during the phone talks "a number of propositions" was passed over to the Normandy Four leaders. These propositions included amnesty for the Russian-backed separatists and a special status for the occupied parts of Donbas.
The conversation took place amid the conflict escalation in the Donetsk region. Earlier Ukraine claimed, local elections in the separatist-held areas were only possible after a month of complete ceasefire. President Poroshenko said, armed OSCE police would help bring the violence down. Some time after this statement arrived, OSCE Secretary General said, the organisation could send armed patrols "if everybody agreed".