She said this on the sidelines of the G7 Summit in Japan on Thursday, Censor.NET informs citing Ukrinform.
According to the news agency, Merkel said it was yet too early to step back.
Merkel said it was time to try and reach visible progress in pushing the political process.
Despite no massive combat activities in the east of Ukraine, there is no cease-fire either, she stressed.
The Chancellor of Germany, the news agency reported, assesses the progress of the process of the Donbas elections preparation and legislation drafting as poor.