As part of the visit of the Head of the Ukrainian state to Brussels, President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed to make the utmost efforts for the speedy release of Ukrainian hostages in the Donbas and political prisoners in the Crimea, illegally kept by Russia, according to the press service of the President of Ukraine.

"The parties discussed the dangerous development of the situation in the Donbas, provoked by the Russian militants’ violation of the ceasefire, including cases of shelling on civilian objects, as well as the situation in Luhansk," reads the reported.

Moreover, the leaders of the two countries coordinated further steps regarding the initiative to deploy the UN peacekeeping mission in the Donbas, including the uncontrolled section of the Russian-Ukrainian border.

During the meeting, Poroshenko stressed that the long-term Russian aggression in the Donbas and the significant deterioration of the situation in the occupied Crimea require the continuation of the sanctions imposed against Russia.

Earlier, Poroshenko said that Russia should be held responsible for all crimes committed in the occupied peninsula against the Crimean Tatar people. He also informed President of the European Council Donald Tusk about the situation in Crimea