"We do realize that there could be no military solution [to the conflict in Donbas], in its 'classic' form. Nobody wants a new, fully-fledged war in Europe," Yatsenyuk said at a news conference following talks with Slovak Prime Minister Robert Fico in Kiev.
Following reports that Washington is considering sending lethal weapons to Kiev in the wake of increased fighting in southeastern Ukraine, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on Thursday held talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko in Kiev.
Ahead of the talks with the Russian president, Merkel confirmed that Germany would not provide weapons to Ukraine and underscored that a diplomatic solution was the only option for the settlement of the Ukrainian crisis.
The situation in the southeast of Ukraine deteriorated dramatically in the beginning of 2015, despite a ceasefire agreement signed at peace talks in Minsk, Belarus, in September 2014.
The Contact Group on Ukrainian reconciliation held another round of talks in Minsk, in late January 2015, in a bid to resume the peace process in the region. Current negotiations have failed to yield results.