Recent events in Mariupol and Donetsk demonstrated a setback in the peaceful settlement of the conflict in eastern Ukraine. Foreign ministers of Poland and Germany Grzegorz Schetyna and Frank-Walter Steinmeier said during a meeting in Poland, Censor.NET reports citing Telewizja Republika.
"The process of peace negotiations on Donbas came to a dead end, and we all see it," Schetyna said.
However, according to him, any initiative that will contribute to the settlement of the crisis will be received and find all kinds of support.
"We want efficient policy, fruitful diplomacy; we want to solve the conflict together. The efficiency is of high priority for us today," Schetyna said.
However, as Steinmeier noted, there is a "bitter setback" in the diplomatic settlement process.
He assessed the situation as a return to the "sharp conflict" phase.
"People, including civilians, perish again, and it's all thanks to the separatists' desire to expand their influence," Steinmeier said adding that "the separatists are seemed to get support from Russia."