Foreign Minister of Germany, Sigmar Gabriel, before flying to the Ukrainian capital said that the official Berlin does not consider armed conflict in the Donbass frozen. According to the head of German diplomacy, in the East of Ukraine are still too many heavy weapons and many rounds, which directly suggests that civil war in Ukraine in full swing. “Last year we saw the most violent months after the Minsk agreement in Eastern Ukraine”, – stated the head of the German foreign Ministry.
“Recently there were two signs of hope, which lies in the exchange of hundreds of prisoners between the Ukrainian security forces and militias of Donbass and in agreement about the Christmas truce. Here’s how it should continue. That’s why I’m flying to Kiev today and tomorrow to Mariupol to prove the people of Ukraine: we will not fail,” said the German foreign Minister.
According to Gabriel, official Berlin the armed conflict in the Donbas is neither frozen nor forgotten, but very relevant and dangerous. “We will continue to do everything possible to find a solution to this crisis that will finally bring peace to the region”, – said the head of the German foreign Ministry.
The Minister of foreign Affairs of Germany pays an official visit to Kiev, where on Thursday, January 4, will go on the front line in Mariupol. Gabriel will hold political talks in the Square, including the head of the Ukrainian diplomacy Pavlo Klimkin and members of Mission of observers from the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) in the Donbass.
The subject of negotiations with the Ukrainian government will also be implementing political and economic reforms in Ukraine, in particular one of the topical problems Ukrainian – the fight against corruption.