BERLIN - Foreign ministers from Germany, France, Russia and Ukraine called for an end to the renewed heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine following tough talks in Berlin on Monday.
German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier told reporters the talks had been "at times very controversial" but said all participants agreed there was no alternative to the ceasefire agreement signed in the Belarusian capital Minsk in February.
"We need to ensure that the ceasefire is adhered to far more strongly as fully as possible," Steinmeier said.
The talks took place amid a sharp spike in hostilities in eastern Ukraine over the weekend. On Monday one Ukrainian serviceman was killed and six were wounded in rebel-held territories.