Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have expressed concerns in a telephone conversation about the tensions in Ukraine, the Kremlin reports.
There are qualms of a further boom of the violent conflict in the east of the country.
There have been increasing clashes between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces in recent weeks. Besides, Russia is accused by Ukraine of building troops on the border. The Kremlin does not deny this but does say that troop movements do not threaten the neighbouring country.
The President of Russia and the Chancellor of Germany expressed concern about the escalation of tensions in southeastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said in a declaration. Vladimir Putin drew consideration to Kiev’s provocative actions, which have deliberately aggravated the situation on the front line recently.
A truce was signed last year, but tensions have increased again at the beginning of this year. Russia, which has been accused of arming the separatists, and Ukraine both think the other is responsible for this.
President Volodimir Zelenski, who is asking his Western allies for help, travelled to the front line on Thursday to show support for the soldiers present. The Ukrainian army announced on Thursday that 25 of its own soldiers had been killed this year. That is half of the total number in 2020.
Fighting in eastern Ukraine began after Russia annexed Crimea in 2014. The violent conflict is estimated to have killed more than 13,000 people.