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Poroshenko thanked for the decision to prolong the EU sanctions against Russia for another six months, reads the report.

The parties expressed concern over the escalation of the situation in Donbas by Russia and Russia-backed militants, particularly the intensified shelling of the military positions and civilian inhabited localities.

Read alsoPoroshenko, Tillerson discuss Donbas escalation, Russia’s withdrawal from Coordination CentrePoroshenko and Merkel supported the agreement reached within the recent session of the Trilateral Contact Group on December 20 regarding the comprehensive, sustainable and perpetual ceasefire regime starting from midnight of December 23 due to Christmas and New Year holidays.

The state leaders expressed regret over Russia's decision to unilaterally withdraw its representatives from the Joint Control and Coordination Center for the Ceasefire in Donbas. They also discussed steps aimed at restoring the full-fledged work of the JCCC.

Poroshenko also informed that the creation of the Anti-corruption Court had been unblocked.