Merkel vows no let-up in search for Ukraine diplomatic solution
German Chancellor Angela Merkel pledged Wednesday no let-up in efforts to find a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine crisis, ahead of foreign ministers' talks later in Berlin.
Merkel told a joint press conference with NATO head Anders Fogh Rasmussen that it was "very regrettable" that the 10-day ceasefire proclaimed by the Ukrainian government had not ended the violence.
"We will not ease up... in looking for diplomatic solutions to the conflict," she said. "But we are still a long way from where we would like to be."
"The situation in Ukraine is of great concern to all of us and it is unfortunate that during the 10-day unilateral... ceasefire proclaimed by the Ukrainian president there was no significant reaction to the peace plan, and that the separatists have so far not accepted such a ceasefire," she added.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier was later Wednesday due to host talks with his counterparts from Russia, France and Ukraine, as troops in the ex-Soviet state pressed on with a renewed offensive against the pro-Kremlin insurgents.
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