Putin, Merkel agree that situation in Ukraine is deteriorating sharply

President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in talks in Rio de Janeiro that "the situation in Ukraine has regrettably taken a turn for degradation," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed in talks in Rio de Janeiro that "the situation in Ukraine has regrettably taken a turn for degradation," said Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov.

Both leaders said that, "the contact group for Ukraine should resume its work as soon as possible, probably in a video conferencing format," according to Peskov.

Putin and Merkel urged an early ceasefire in Ukraine and a re-launch of monitoring activity.

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