Germany and France urged Russia and Ukraine to support a ceasefire

© RIA Novosti / Irina to Kalashnikova in photomontage Merkel and Emmanuel macron. Archival photoGermany and France urged Russia and Ukraine to support a ceasefire© RIA Novosti / Irina to Kalashnikova the image Bank

. Germany and France are urging the presidents of Russia and Ukraine Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko to openly support the ceasefire in the East of Ukraine, said in a joint statement German Chancellor Angela Merkel and President of France Emmanuel Makron.

It is noted that after a recent telephone conversation in «channel format» Germany and France are forced to declare that a significant improvement in the security situation in the East of Ukraine. According to the statement, despite support from four leaders of recently declared a truce «not fully implemented» the signatory parties.

«We urge President Putin and President Poroshenko to comply fully with their obligations, openly and clearly to maintain the ceasefire and to ensure that the military will be given appropriate instructions,» — said in a statement that gives the distribution of press-service of the government of Germany.

The leaders of Germany and France also called for better cooperation in the framework of the Joint center for control and coordination, as well as to provide employees of the OSCE SMM safe and unrestricted access.

Previously the contact group on settling the situation in Eastern Ukraine agreed on a new ceasefire in the Donbass from midnight on 25 August. This is the fifth from the beginning, the attempt of the parties to cease fire and the third since the beginning of the conflict, the attempt to provide a «silent mode» by September 1.

The Ukrainian authorities in April 2014 began a military operation against the breakaway LC and the DNI, which declared independence after a coup in Ukraine in February 2014. According to the latest UN victims of the conflict began more than 10 thousand people.

The settlement of the situation in the Donbass is discussed, including during meetings in Minsk the contact group, which from September 2014 adopted three documents regulating the steps to de-escalate the conflict. However, after the armistice agreements between the parties to the conflict continue shooting.

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