Poroshenko expects release of all hostages this year

President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko hopes for the release of all Ukrainian hostages by the end of the year, as well as those held illegally in Russia, including Nadia Savchenko.
Poroshenko said this at a briefing in Warsaw on Wednesday, an Ukrinform correspondent in Poland reports.
“Talks in the Normandy format [Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany] were held yesterday. The key issues of the discussion were the implementation of the Minsk agreements and the immediate release of hostages, including Nadia Savchenko, who is illegally held in Russia… By the end of the year efforts will be made to release the hostages,” Poroshenko said.
He added that Germany and France support Ukraine in this regard.
Poroshenko expressed hope that on December 21, there will be a meeting of the contact group on the situation in Ukraine, followed by further negotiations in the Normandy format.
According to the president, the Ukrainian side’s demands include the resumption of the broadcasting of Ukrainian channels in Donbas and the creation of conditions for holding local elections.
Poroshenko said the fact that the ceasefire was already being observed and that Ukrainian soldiers were not killed in the east for the sixth day was the only visible progress at the moment, in the light of the implementation of the Minsk arrangements.

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