Monday, 14 July 2014 - 12:08
Ukraine situation "deteriorating" says Merkel and Putin
Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in talks in Brazil that the situation in Ukraine, where Kiev is continuing an offensive against pro-Russian separatists in the east, is "deteriorating".
They also "stressed the need for the urgent resumption of a contact group on Ukraine, possibly via videoconference.
According to Putin and Merkel, for this to happen there needs to be a statement as soon as possible concerning a ceasefire, a prisoner exchange, and the return of international monitors" in eastern Ukraine.
Over three months of fighting in Ukraine's restive east have claimed more than 550 lives so far.