Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has declared the killing of three government troops by pro-Moscow rebels a "serious breach of the ceasefire", during a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, her office said.
An Indian-origin former German lawmaker went on trial on Monday on charges of acquiring and possessing child pornography in a case that triggered a major political scandal leading to the resignation of a cabinet minister.
President Francois Hollande, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said Monday they were "concerned" about post-ceasefire fighting in the eastern Ukrainian town of Debaltseve, the French President`s office said.
The Ukrainian military said on Saturday there was no let-up in a pro-Russian rebel offensive in east Ukraine with separatist forces trying to seize more territory before a ceasefire comes into force at midnight.
Leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany on Thursday emerged from marathon 16-hour talks to announce a comprehensive peace deal for eastern Ukraine, but questions remained whether Ukraine and the pro-Russian rebels have agreed on all of its terms.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel said Thursday she had "no illusions" after a Ukraine ceasefire deal hammered out at marathon talks in Minsk and that "big hurdles" remained in ending the 10-month conflict in the ex-Soviet country.