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​Putin, Merkel, Hollande discuss Donbas

OSCE should be given an important role in ensuring the ceasefire.

​Putin, Merkel, Hollande discuss Donbas

Russian President Vladimir Putin, his French counterpart Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel discussed the Ukraine crisis on Friday, stressing the need for a political solution to the conflict in the Donbass, Putin's press service reported on 7 July.

In a telephone conversation, they expressed concern over frequent ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine. Putin asked his German and French counterparts "to influence more actively the Ukrainian side" during their planned meetings with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw, the Kremlin said.

At the same time, an important role in ensuring that the ceasefire should be given to the effective work of the Special OSCE monitoring mission, according to the Kremlin.

Putin said that the Ukrainian troops committing provocative actions and urged Merkel and Hollande "to actively influence the Ukrainian side, including during the forthcoming contacts with Petro Poroshenko in Warsaw, to provide a clear implementation of the Minsk agreements."

The three leaders stressed the need for granting special legal status to eastern Ukraine, holding constitutional reform, an amnesty and local elections, it added.