Donbass Settlement Impossible Without Ensuring Security - Poroshenko

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Ukraine's president Poroshenko visits National guard HQ in Donetsk Region - Sputnik International
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It is impossible to effectively settle the situation in eastern Ukraine without ensuring security first, Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Thursday following talks with US Secretary of State John Kerry.

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KIEV (Sputnik) — In February 2015, a peace agreement was signed between Ukraine’s conflicting sides in the Belarusian capital of Minsk, after talks of the Normandy Four countries, comprising Russia, Germany, Ukraine and France. The deal stipulates a full ceasefire, weapons withdrawal from the line of contact in eastern Ukraine, an all-for-all prisoner exchange and constitutional reforms, which would give a special status to the self-proclaimed Donetsk and Lugansk people’s republics.

Both sides of the conflict, however, are constantly accusing each other of violations of the ceasefire.

"We, Ukrainians, are devoted to the implementation of the Minsk agreements, which we consider to be a roadmap for peaceful settlement in Donbass. But we underline that there can be no true settlement without ensuring permanent, comprehensive security," Poroshenko said.

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