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MOSCOW, January 26. /TASS/. Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko only today gave his written answer to a proposal to immediately pull out heavy weapons from the disengagement line in eastern Ukraine Russia President Vladimir Putin had sent on January 15, the Kremlin press service said on Monday.
On Sunday, January 25, and on Monday Putin had telephone conversations with German Chancellor Angels Merkel and French President Francois Hollande.
In these conversations, Putin said that the aggravation of the situation in eastern Ukraine stemmed from the Kiev authorities course towards a force solution in Donbass, the Kremlin press service said.
Putin reminded that back on January15 he had sent to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko a written proposal to immediately withdraw heavy weapons from the disengagement line to stop shelling of settlement and avoid numerous casualties among civilians.
“A formal answer to this address came only today,” the press service said.
“In his conversations (with the German and French leaders), Putin stressed an urgent importance of establishing a political dialogue between the Kiev authorities and representatives of Donetsk and Lugansk in order to stop bloodshed and promote the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis,” the Kremlin press service said.