Deadly fighting in eastern Ukraine must end “this week”, Ukraine’s new President Petro Poroshenko has pledged, the BBC reports.
He was speaking at talks involving an envoy from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe and Russia’s ambassador to Ukraine.
“We must stop the gunfire this week,” Mr Poroshenko said in a statement, a day after his inauguration in Kiev.
“For me, every day that people die, every day that Ukraine pays such a high price is unacceptable.”
He stressed that it was vital to “restore the Ukrainian border so that the safety of each Ukrainian citizen is guaranteed”.
The president’s comments came after the meeting with the special envoy from the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Heidi Tagliavini, and the Russian ambassador to Kiev, Mikhail Zurabov.