President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko twice spoke over the phone with the President of the aggressor country, the Russian Federation, Putin, and both times without any results, according to a statement of the Presidential Administration in response to the request of "Glavkom" publication.
Reportedly, the topics of conversations were shelling of Avdiivka by the Kremlin-controlled militants and the release of political prisoners of the Russian Federation - citizens of Ukraine Oleg Sentsov and Roman Sushchenko.
“These contacts took place in coordination with the European partners on the "Normandy format". Since these talks were unsuccessful, the individual messages were not reported,” the Presidential Administration informed.
January 29, pro-Russian militants attempted to attack the positions of the Armed Forces of Ukraine in the area of Avdiivka, Donetsk region. Ukrainian fighters repulsed the invaders, forcing them to retreat. After the collision, the terrorists resumed mortar attacks on Avdiivka. The Prosecutor's Office qualified the shelling as a terrorist act as pro-Russian militants shelled residential areas Avdiivka, being aware of the presence of civilian population in the area.
February 16, militants again fired artillery on the housing sector of Avdiivka. In the result of the shelling, one civilian and three Ukrainian soldiers were killed and four were wounded.