Kiev: Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tried to keep his peace plan to settle the conflict with pro-Russian separatists on track in a four-way phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Germany.
The European Union set today as a deadline for Russia and the separatists to take a series of steps. If this was not done, the EU warned that it was ready to impose new punitive measures on Russia.
A statement released by Poroshenko`s office said he underlined Ukraine`s willingness to maintain a cease-fire at least until tomorrow evening, but expressed concern about the situation, noting what he said were multiple violations of the cease-fire by separatist fighters.
Poroshenko`s discussion yesterday with Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande was the latest in a series they have held in recent weeks in an effort to stop the fighting that has killed more than 400 people since April.