DAVOS (Sputnik) – The latest Contact Group meeting on Ukrainian reconciliation took place on Wednesday.
"Unfortunately, it was not very effective," Poroshenko told RIA Novosti on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum in Davos.
According to the Ukrainian President, "severe shelling" continues in Ukraine’s southeast and "a security situation allowing for the start of the political stage [of the peace process] has not been created yet."
Kiev launched a special military operation in Ukraine’s southeastern Donetsk and Lugansk regions in April 2014, after local residents refused to recognize the new Ukrainian authorities, which came to power as a result of a coup.
Under the deal, constitutional reforms aimed at decentralizing power in Ukraine and the initiation of local elections in Donbass should have been concluded before the end of 2015.
The country's regions of Donetsk and Lugansk agreed to postpone their local elections until 2016. Before elections in those regions can take place, Ukrainian authorities must fulfill all their obligations under the Minsk peace agreement.
Despite the Minsk peace deal, sporadic shelling has continued in Ukraine’s southeast.