Hollande, Merkel seek mechanism to oversee Ukraine truce
French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel Wednesday called for a way to oversee the truce in Ukraine in a telephone conversation with Russian and Ukrainian leaders that lasted more than an hour.
Hollande and Merkel "encouraged" Russia's Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko to "work togther, especially in order to put in place a mechanism to oversee the truce," the French presidency said in a statement.
They said this process could be operated with the help of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe and called for the immediate release of those being held by both sides.
Ukrainian authorities have agreed to implement a week-long ceasefire which came into force on June 21 despite the downing of an army helicopter by pro-Russia separatists.
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