Updated on 02:14 p.m. Moscow Time
ULAN BATOR (Mongolia), September 3 (RIA Novosti) – Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov said Wednesday that Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko did not agree on a ceasefire in eastern Ukraine during their telephone conversation because Russia is not a party in the conflict, but they did discuss its resolution.
“Putin and Poroshenko did in fact discuss steps that would provide for a ceasefire between the militia and the Ukrainian armed forces. Russia cannot physically agree on a ceasefire because it isn’t a party in the conflict,” Peskov said.
The president’s press secretary refused to comment on the possibility of new contacts between the heads of the two countries.
Earlier on Wednesday the Ukrainian president’s press service said that after a telephone conversation between Poroshenko and Putin that Poroshenko announced an “immediate ceasefire” in eastern Ukraine.
In turn, a militia representative from the Donetsk People’s Republic (DPR) claimed to be unaware of any ceasefire agreement and stated that independence supporters would not stop fighting until Kiev-controlled forces left the Donbas Region.
Since mid-April, Kiev has been conducting a military operation against the independence supporters in southeastern Ukraine who refused to recognize the legitimacy of the new government after a February coup.
The conflict has already claimed more than 2,500 lives, according to UN statistics published last week.