President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko held a phone conversation with Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel. The Head of State thanked for the decision to prolong the EU sanctions against Russia for the next 6 months.
The parties expressed concern over the escalation of the situation in the Donbas by Russia and Russia-backed militants, particularly the intensified shelling of the military positions and civilian inhabited localities.
Petro Poroshenko and Angela Merkel supported the agreement reached within the recent session of the Trilateral Contact Group on December 20 regarding the comprehensive, sustainable and perpetual ceasefire regime starting from midnight of December 23 due to Christmas and New Year holidays.
The state leaders expressed regret over Russia's decision to unilaterally withdraw its representatives from the Joint Control and Coordination Center for the Ceasefire in the Donbas. They also discussed steps aimed at restoring the full-fledged work of the JCCC.
Petro Poroshenko and Angela Merkel emphasized the importance of the implementation of decisions that will lead to the liberation of Ukrainian hostages by the end of the year.
The Head of State informed that the creation of the Anticorruption Court had been unblocked.