January 31, 2015 / 5:18 PM / 3 years ago

Kremlin says Putin, Merkel, Hollande discussed Ukraine by phone

Russia's President Vladimir Putin writes in a visitors' book after a seminar with regional leaders at the Sberbank's Corporative University in the village of Anosino, outside Moscow, January 29, 2015.Alexei Druzhinin/RIA Novosti/Kremlin

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande discussed increased violence in southeastern Ukraine in a phone call on Saturday, the Kremlin said in a statement.

During the conversation a hope was expressed that the ceasefire would be the central issue in ongoing peace talks in Minsk, the Kremlin said.

Reporting by Polina Devitt; Editing by Maria Kiselyova

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