Putin and Ukraine president-elect call for end to bloodshed: Kremlin

June 06, 2014 - 5:45:58 pm

MOSCOW: Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's president-elect Petro Poroshenko met Friday during D-Day events in Normandy and called for an end to bloodshed and violence on both sides, Putin's spokesman said.

"Putin and Poroshenko called for the soonest possible end to bloodshed in southeastern Ukraine, and to military operations on both sides -- both by the Ukrainian armed forces and by supporters of the federalisation of Ukraine," Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying by Interfax news agency.

"They also confirmed that there was no alternative to resolving the situation with peaceful political methods," Peskov said.

Peskov said the Ukrainian and Russian leaders held a brief "standing up" conversation along with French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, among leaders marking the 70th anniversary of D-Day in northern France. (AFP)