Leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany and France agree dates for Ukraine Contact Group meetings

The next meetings of the trilateral Contact Group negotiating measures to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine are expected to be held in Minsk on Wednesday, December 24, and Friday, December 26.

The next meetings of the trilateral Contact Group negotiating measures to settle the conflict in eastern Ukraine are expected to be held in Minsk on Wednesday, December 24, and Friday, December 26.

Such an agreement was secured on Monday during a "Normandy format" telephone conversation between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande and Russian President Vladimir Putin, the Ukrainian leader's press service reported.

Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande and Putin also agreed to continue their telephone consultations in a few days' time.

"The parties agreed to the need to implement all points of the Minsk agreements, including the ceasefire, the determination of the line of contact envisaged in the September 19 memorandum, the withdrawal of forces and heavy weapons, as well as the soonest possible release of all POWs," the press service said.

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