Hollande, Merkel: Ukraine Must Accelerate Minsk Commitments

French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Friday told Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko that he must accelerate commitments he’s made to modernize his country and end fighting in the east.

The three leaders spoke by phone today, the French president’s office said in a statement, a day after Ukraine’s parliament elected Volodymyr Hroisman as prime minister, ending the risk of early elections.

The President and the Chancellor “encouraged the Ukrainian authorities to accelerate the internal reforms, in particular in the domain of modernizing the country, in efforts against corruption, and the reform of the justice system,” the French statement said.

“They also insisted on the necessity of rapid progress in implementing the Minsk accords,” it went on. “These efforts must concentrate on security, and therefore respect for the cease-fire, on the liberation of prisoners and humanitarian questions, as well as the settling of the political question which initially passes through the holding of elections in Eastern Ukraine.”

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