Poroshenko: ICRC not allowed to Ukrainian hostages contrary to Berlin agreements

20:32, 26 October 2016
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has announced that the International Committee of the Red Cross has not been allowed to visit Ukrainian hostages contrary to the recent agreements reached by the Normandy Four leaders in Berlin, according to the presidential press service.

Poroshenko wants anti-Russian sanctions to remain in force due to peace violations / Photo from UNIAN

"Today, we've received an official refusal regarding the visit of representatives of the largest humanitarian mission – the International Committee of the Red Cross. Once again, they have been denied admission to our hostages," the Ukrainian president said while accepting credentials from Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Poland to Ukraine Jan Pieklo.

Read alsoUkraine notified of whereabouts of 45 out of 107 Ukrainians held captive in Donbas"This is absolutely unacceptable when such agreements are not observed," the president said.

He also noted the inadmissibility of disregarding the agreements on the ceasefire along the contact line in Donbas, eastern Ukraine. In his words, members of the OSCE Special Monitoring Mission (SMM) to Ukraine had once again come under fire.

Poroshenko reiterated that sanctions against Russia must remain in force if the Minsk peace agreements on Donbas and undertaken commitments are not fulfilled.

Read alsoPoroshenko, Biden discuss U.S. engagement in Minsk implementationHe also thanked Poland for its firm and consistent position in support of Ukraine regarding the European Union's policy of sanctions against the aggressor state that must be not only prolonged, but also enhanced and extended in case of Russia's failure to fulfill its commitments within the Minsk process.

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