Putin's "passport plan" for Donbas to be discussed at today's EU Council summit

09:25, 20 June 2019
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"The European Council will discuss latest developments and the situation in eastern Ukraine and the Azov Sea. It will also be an occasion to mark five years since the downing of flight MH17, which claimed 298 lives," reads the announcement on the EU Council's website.

Leaders "are also expected to express their utmost concern about Russia's issuing of passports in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions, which runs counter to the spirit and objectives of the Minsk agreements," the report reads.

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They are also expected to call on Russia to release captured Ukrainian sailors and ensure free passage through the Kerch Strait.

German Chancellor Merkel and French President Macron will brief the leaders on the overall implementation of the Minsk agreements and the negotiations in the Normandy format.

"This will be an opportunity for the leaders to endorse a roll-over of economic sanctions on Russia," the press service notes.

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