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Poroshenko, Trump urge immediate ceasefire in Donbas

Poroshenko called for more active dialogue with the new US administration on all levels.

President Petro Poroshenko has held a phone conversation with US President Donald Trump, during which they discussed the situation in Donbas and urged an immediate ceasefire, Poroshenko's press secretary, Svyatoslav Tseholko, has said on Facebook.

"Particular attention was paid to settling the situation in Donbas and achieving peace by political and diplomatic means. The two leaders expressed deep concern about the escalation in tension and the deterioration of the humanitarian situation, especially in the area of Avdiyivka. They stressed it was essential to establish an immediate ceasefire," he said.

Poroshenko also congratulated Trump on his election as US president and spoke in favour of more active dialogue with the new US administration on all levels.

"Both leaders expressed readiness to explore additional steps to enhancing the strategic partnership between Ukraine and the United States. The Ukrainian president thanked the White House head for his firm support for Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity. Petro Poroshenko highlighted the need to intensify economic and business ties in order to assist in creating new employment opportunities and boosting the welfare of citizens of both countries," he said.

They also talked about the forthcoming visit of President Petro Poroshenko to Washington, which Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin will go to the USA to prepare.