Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has made a surprise visit to the village of Katerynivka and the town of Zolote in Donbas, eastern Ukraine, which have been liberated from the Russian occupation forces.
"The president has visited the liberated Katerynivka and Zolote in Luhansk region, where a checkpoint was built across the contact line, but the Russian occupation forces have blocked its work by constant shelling," Presidential Press Secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko wrote on Facebook on Friday afternoon.
He did not provide other details of Poroshenko's visit to Donbas.
Meanwhile, First Deputy Chairperson of the Verkhovna Rada and Ukrainian envoy to the Trilateral Contact Group in Minsk on Donbas Iryna Gerashchenko wrote on Facebook that Poroshenko had visited the Zolote checkpoint whose opening has been blocked by Russian-led militants for two years.
"Poroshenko has visited the liberated Katerynivka where even monitors from the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission do not come, as they come under fire every day. The front line is several hundred meters away. The contact line virtually runs along the border of the village. It is very important that residents of this small village where 200 Ukrainians, including 20 children, still reside know that the Ukrainian government supports them and does everything to let peacekeepers come to the occupied Donbas and end the war and daily shelling," Gerashchenko said.