Germany and France on Saturday released a joint statement expressing concerns over the increasing ceasefire violations in eastern Ukraine. Joint statement is published on the website of the German Federal Foreign Office.
"We are closely monitoring the situation, especially the movements of Russian troops, and call on all parties to exercise restraint and work toward the immediate de-escalation of tensions," the German Foreign Office and the French Foreign Ministry said.
Berlin and Paris reaffirmed their "support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine within its internationally recognised borders."
"In this regard, we welcome the extension of the mandate of the OSCE’s Special Monitoring Mission to Ukraine (SMM), and call for an end to the restrictions on the mission’s freedom of movement so that it can accomplish its objectives in accordance with its Mandate," the message reads.
As we reported earlier, Kremlin spokesman Dmitriy Peskov said that the current situation on the contact line in Donbas is "frightening" amid many provocations made by Ukraine soldiers.