Putin, Merkel 'concerned' Over East Ukraine Tensions: Kremlin
Faizan Hashmi 9 days ago Thu 08th April 2021 | 05:30 PM
Moscow, April 8 (UrduPoint / Pakistan Point News - 8th Apr, 2021 ) :Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel "expressed concern" over a spike in tensions in east Ukraine and discussed jailed opposition figure Alexei Navalny in a phone call on Thursday, the Kremlin said.
The call came as clashes between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces have increased in recent weeks and a Russian military buildup on the border heightened fears of an escalation in the conflict.
Earlier Thursday, Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky travelled to the eastern frontline. He has in recent days appealed to his country's Western allies for support.
The conflict broke out in 2014 after Moscow annexed the Crimean peninsula and has claimed more than 13,000 lives.