German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Wednesday said he would travel to Ukraine with his French counterpart next week to discuss if, and when, a new round of talks involving Russia could be arranged on the conflict in eastern Ukraine.
Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Monday that Russia would continue to support fresh talks among the four leaders aimed at ending the fighting.
Russia-backed fighters took up arms against Ukrainian government forces in the east of Ukraine in April, 2014, after Russia annexed Crimea in response to the downfall of a Moscow-backed president. More than 9,500 people have been killed in the conflict.
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