Poroshenko and Trump’s phone call: key notes and announcements

Poroshenko and Trump’s Phone Call -- Key Notes and Announcements

The telephone call between the US President Donald Trump and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko, which was the first official conversation to be held between the newly elected leadership of the US and the Ukraine’s president, was arranged on 5 February 2017. The conversation was particularly called for due to the severe escalation of the military conflict in the eastern regions of Ukraine, predominantly in the city of Avdiivka.

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For this reason, both presidents specifically addressed the issue of the continuous conflict which, in Avdiivka alone, left more than 40 civilians and military dead and even more injured.

In its statement, the White House referred to the conversation as a “very good” one. “We will work with Ukraine, Russia and other parties involved to help restore peace along the border”, Trump said.

Ukrainian President’s spokesman said in his statement that the parties also discussed the possibility of establishing closer strategic relationships between the two countries. Poroshenko thanked the US leader for supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.

Last week, Ukrainians witnessed some important announcements made by the representatives of the new US administration. The latter stated their support for Ukraine’s struggle with terrorism. During the UN Security Council, Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, condemned “Russia’s aggressive actions” in the eastern regions of Ukraine and assured the US sanctions would not be lifted.

US Vice President Mike Pence also expressed his concern about the escalating conflict in Ukraine last week and emphasized that Washington was observing the situation closely.

Avdiivka which saw the intense shooting over the last week is the case of the most severe escalation in 2017. The city’s infrastructure is almost entirely ruined. The civilian population was offered the means to be evacuated and those who chose to stay face the shortages of basic necessities: heating, water, food supplies and warm clothing.

Ukraine’s administration continuously works on restoring electricity, central heating and water supply. Likewise, volunteers manage to gather large volumes of humanitarian aid from all over the country.

As being reported, intense shooting is interrupted by short periods of ceasefire. However, complete de-escalation is yet to be achieved.

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