Hollande says going to Moscow with Merkel to 'seek a deal' on Ukraine
French President Francois Hollande said he was travelling to Moscow on Friday with German Chancellor Angela Merkel to "seek a deal" to resolve the conflict in Ukraine.
"Everyone is aware that the first step must be a ceasefire, but that is not enough and there must be a comprehensive settlement," Hollande told reporters ahead of his departure.
The French and German leaders were in Ukraine on Thursday night to meet President Petro Poroshenko to finalise a new initiative.
They were expected to meet Russian President Vladimir Putin on Friday before announcing the details of the plan, aimed at ending fighting between rebel and government forces in eastern Ukraine.
Several ceasefires in recent months have failed to end the conflict, which has claimed more than 5,350 lives since April, including some 220 in just the past three weeks, according to the United Nations.
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