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President Petro Poroshenko met with Deputy Secretary of State of the United States John Sullivan.

President Petro Poroshenko thanked U.S. representative, Anthony Tether, who became a member of the council. "This is a symbol of effective cooperation between Ukrainian and American partners," the Head of State said, adding that it would promote transparency, openness and efficiency of the institution.

President Petro Poroshenko introduced new Director General of Ukroboronprom Pavlo Bukin. The President is hopeful that the new leadership will implement the extremely important tasks set for the national security, fulfill the state defense order, develop and implement the strategy of the defense complex development.

President Petro Poroshenko took part in the court hearing on criminal proceedings on allegations of treason of former president Yanukovych. In particular, the Head of State informed the court about the circumstances of his trip to the Autonomous Republic of Crimea in February 2014 and the events he witnessed at that time.

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko had a meeting with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Denmark Anders Samuelsen. The parties discussed the security situation in the Donbas, the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the release of the Ukrainian hostages and political prisoners.

“Today, after 3.5 years of persistent work, after the allocation of 5 to 6% of GDP to the defense and security sector, our NATO partners state that Ukraine now has one of the most efficient armies in Europe,” the President emphasized.

Signing the law on peculiarities of the state policy on ensuring the state sovereignty of Ukraine in the temporarily occupied territories in Donetsk and Luhansk regions, President Petro Poroshenko emphasized: “Ukraine remains committed to the peaceful settlement of the problem of the liberation of the occupied territories”.

“It is legally stipulated in the law that Russia occupied our territories. This Law substantially strengthens the legal basis for the use of the Armed Forces of Ukraine and other forces for the defense of our state. And it is very important that this Law provides a legal mechanism for the return of these territories. Inter alia, in a political and diplomatic way,” Petro Poroshenko emphasized.

President Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel on the fourth anniversary of the events on Maidan. The parties discussed the course of implementation of the Minsk agreements and stressed the need for consolidation of the ceasefire regime. Special attention was paid to the release of hostages.

President Petro Poroshenko and his wife Maryna Poroshenko took part in the prayer for the fallen participants of the Revolution of Dignity. The prayer in St. Michael’s Cathedral was conducted by His Holiness, Patriarch of Kyiv and All Rus’-Ukraine Filaret.