MOSCOW, August 29 (RIA Novosti) - Russia's President Vladimir Putin has once again called on the Ukrainian authorities to stop military action in the east of the country and to sit down at a discussion table, the Kremlin said in a statement Friday.
"I once again call on the Ukrainian authorities to stop military action immediately, to cease fire, sit down at a discussion table with the Donbass representatives and solve all the accumulated problems only by peaceful means," Putin was quoted as saying in the statement.
The Russian president also noted some visible success in militia's resistance to Kiev's special operation, which puts the lives of the Donbass population in danger and which has already led to immense casualties among civilians.
Since mid-April the Ukrainian government has been conducting a military operation in the east of Ukraine, attempting to suppress independence supporters, who refused to acknowledge the new government that came to power after the coup that took place in Ukraine on February 22.
According to the United Nations, more than two thousand people have died as a result of the confrontation, and over 4,950 people have sustained injuries in the fighting.