: Poroshenko urges G7 to continue sanctions against Russia

18:41 May. 16, 2016

Poroshenko urges G7 to continue sanctions against Russia

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko holds a meeting with G7 Ambassadors to Ukraine, May 16, 2016. (UNIAN Photo)

President provides evidence of Kremlin's military involment in Donbas

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko has urged G7 countries to continue their sanctions against Russia following its failure to observe Minsk agreement. On Monday, May 16, Poroshenko held a meeting with the Ambassadors of the G7 countries to Ukraine.

The President said Russian-backed separatist forces increased the number of their attacks over the last days.

"The G7 Ambassadors were provided with comprehensive evidence of violations by Russia, the presence of Russian troops in the occupied areas of Donbas and continued dispatch of fighters and ammunition from Russia to the occupied territories," the President's press service reported.

Read also U.S. will not lift sanctions against Russia - Deputy Secretary of State

Poroshenko said sanctions are an "effective instrument" and "motivating factor" to make Russia comply with the Minsk agreement.

Read also E.U. sanctions against Russia to remain in place until full implementation of Minsk II: Juncker

The President also requested the G7 to increase pressure on Kremlin to demand immediate release of Ukrainian pilot and MP Nadiya Savchenko who has been convicted and imprisoned in Russia.

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