MOSCOW, September 3 (RIA Novosti) - The United Kingdom welcomes news of progress towards a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, which was announced after a conversation between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin, a spokesperson for the British Foreign Office told RIA Novosti on Wednesday.
“If true, we welcome news of progress towards a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine. The UK remains firmly committed to Ukraine’s sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and any steps to consolidating this are good news. We look forward to the restoration of stability so that the people of Ukraine can get on with their lives,” the spokesman said.
On Wednesday, Ukrainian president Petro Poroshenko and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin discussed the situation in eastern Ukraine over the phone.
The presidents reached “mutual understanding on the steps that will facilitate the establishment of peace,” according to a statement, published on the Ukrainian leader’s official website.
The Russian president confirmed the conversation and stated that his and Poroshenko’s views on settling the conflict in Ukraine were “very similar.”
Southeastern regions of Ukraine's have been under fire since mid-April, when Kiev launched a military operation against independence supporters, who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new Kiev government that came to power after a February coup.
The conflict has claimed more than 2,500 lives, according to a UN report published last week.