Petro Poroshenko, the Ukrainian President, made an official visit to Berlin on Monday.
The implementation of the peace plan in the Ukraine was the top subject of today’s meeting between Chancellor Angela Merkel with the Ukrainian head of state against the backdrop of a new president in the White House who wants to improve relations between Washington and Moscow.
The Minsk protocol agreed upon by Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine in September 2014 after months of talks, provides for a ceasefire in the war-torn regions of eastern Ukraine and local elections. But the agreement has not been implemented and the bloodshed between government troops and Moscow-backed separatists continues.
Before meeting the Ukrainian president, Ms. Merkel expressed concern about the situation in the Donbass region, German news agency DPA reported. She said the situation along the contact line, where Ukrainian army troops and pro-Russian rebels face each other, is “worrying” and added that it is important to keep making progress based on the Minsk Agreement “even though this is an arduous path.”