Poroshenko, Merkel discuss de-escalation of situation in Donbas

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko for the second time in the last 24 hours had a telephone conversation with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the press service of the head of state has reported.
“The sides exchanged views on international efforts for a de-escalation of the situation in Donetsk and Luhansk regions and coordinated their next steps. The head of state said that he intends to use every opportunity to implement a peace plan. For this purpose the Ukrainian side is ready to work within the trilateral contact group in the next few days,” reads the statement.
It also notes that the parties agreed to coordinate their efforts ahead of a European Council meeting on August 30 for possible further decisive action by the European Union.

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