According to Merkel, the cease-fire in the Donbas is being violated, and the situation got worse. On the other hand, the Chancellor said, working groups communicate very slowly, so every party has to keep up to its own obligations of the agreements. According to OSCE observers, Merkel said, the violations are conducted more by the separatists than by the Ukrainian side.
Merkel also said that the EU leaders had not discussed Russia and Ukraine at the European Council meeting, which started Thursday evening and lasted until Friday night. The matter might be brought up on Friday within a discussion of the EU's general security and defense policy.