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Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier underlined the importance of ending fighting in eastern Ukraine immediately during a telephone call on Wednesday, Russia's Foreign Ministry said.
In their telephone call, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier, "stressed the importance of an immediate cessation of hostilities in east Ukraine and especially the shelling of villages and civilian infrastructure," Moscow said in a statement.
Military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said violence had lessened in the past 24 hours, but accused rebels of using weapons that were meant to have been withdrawn under the Minsk agreement.
"The situation in the conflict zone has stabilised somewhat. The number of attack has fallen, but the enemy has not stopped using heavy weapons: artillery and tanks," he said in a briefing.
"They will assess the implementation of the measures agreed in Minsk on Feb. 12," foreign ministry spokesman Romain Nadal said.
On Wednesday, envoys of Ukraine, Russia, the separatists and security watchdog OSCE gathered in Minsk for one of their regular meetings on the progress of the ceasefire.
Rebel representative Denis Pushilin expressed disappointment at the lack of headway in securing real peace and said deep divisions remained in negotiations between Ukraine and the separatistsGüncelleme Tarihi: 17 Haziran 2015, 16:26