Merkel and Hollande earlier discussed the plan with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. During the four-hour parley in Kiev the sides reiterated their full support for the provisions of the Minsk Protocol.
- Yes, it's in everyone’s interest that the Ukrainian conflict is solved as soon as possible.20.3% (310)
- It's obvious that each side is doing its best to find a solution, but the outcome is unclear.% (153)
- There are too many conflicting interests. The final agreement is still some way off in the future.43.4% (663)
- The conflict will be resolved through action, not political maneuvering.26.3% (401)
Poroshenko, Merkel and Hollande called for an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the withdrawal of foreign troops, removal of heavy weaponry and the release of all hostages as stipulated by the Minsk agreements.
There have been unconfirmed reports that Germany and France want Kiev to grant wider autonomy for the Donetsk People's Republic and Luhansk People's Republic in view of the recent military gains achieved by the independence supporters in these two self-proclaimed republics.
Angela Merkel and Francois Holland are scheduled to discuss the plan with Russia’s President Vladimir Putin later in the day.