Putin Holds Four-Way Diplomatic Phone Calls with Leaders from Germany, Ukraine, France

Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images(MOSCOW) — Russian President Vladimir Putin held an unconventional four-way diplomatic conference call on Wednesday, discussing the ongoing tension in eastern Ukraine with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel.

The four leaders discussed the ceasefire that both Poroshenko and Putin have spoken out in favor of. The Ukrainian readout of the call indicated more than 50 violations of the ceasefire since Friday. Poroshenko says any effective peace plan will require monitors, welcoming Russia’s move to cancel authorization of use of force in Ukraine. Additionally, Poroshenko urged Russia to stop arming militants.

Merkel proposed a plan to outline monitoring controls, continue negotiations and exchange lists of hostages, the Ukrainian readout said.

According to the Kremlin, Putin also stated support for extension of the ceasefire beyond its current Friday deadline. The four leaders are expected to speak again, according to the Ukrainian government.

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