09:41 Jul. 28, 2016
US President and German Chancellor had phone talks on Ukrainian conflict
US President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had phone talks on Wednesday, July 27. The leaders discussed a number of issues, namely the recent violent attacks in southern Germany and the situation in eastern Ukraine, according to the White House Press Secretary office.
"The President and Chancellor eiterated the urgent importance of durably ending the violence in eastern Ukraine and of full and rapid implementation of the Minsk agreement", the readout of Obama's call with Merkel said.
The phone talks arrived amid largely fruitless diplomacy, since neither the Minsk group nor the Normandy Four have been able to reach consensus on key issues. The recent negotiations on the shaky ceasefire deal and prisoner exchange didn't bring any progress.
Ukraine and the West insist, Russia must fully withdraw its forces from the Donbas region, before local elections can be held in the separatist-controlled areas.
The Kremlin, in turn, reiterates the necessity of the "direct dialogue" between Kyiv and the militant leaders.