Kremlin: Putin, Merkel call for immediate truce in east Ukraine

Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Germany’s Angela Merkel called for the immediate restoration of a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

A tank from the Ukrainian Forces is stationed outside a building in the flashpoint eastern town of Avdiivka that sits just north of the pro-Russian rebels' de facto capital of Donetsk on February 2, 2017. Picture: AFP

UKRAINE – Russian President Vladimir Putin and Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel called for a immediate restoration of the ceasefire in eastern Ukraine during a phone call on Tuesday between the two leaders, Kremlin said in statement.

"Serious concerns were expressed in connection with the escalation of the armed conflict resulting in human losses," the Kremlin said.