Merkel calls for immediate truce in Ukraine

Merkel calls for immediate truce in Ukraine

Fri 18 Jul 2014 at 13:10


NNA – German Chancellor Angela Merkel has called for a ceasefire needed in Ukraine to allow a rapid independent investigation into the crash of Malaysia Airlines Flight MH17 yesterday.

“We need to start an independent investigation as quickly as possible. A ceasefire is needed for that and it’s important that those responsible are brought to justice,” she said at a news conference in Berlin.

“There are many indications that the plane was shot down so we have to take things very seriously.”

Merkel said the latest events had made it clear that apolitical solution needed to be found for Ukraine and called on Russia to work towards such a solution.

Earlier, Russian President Vladimir Putin called for an urgent settlement of the crisis in Ukraine in the wake of the crash near Donetsk.

Putin expressed his condolences to Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte over the crash.

Of the 298 crash victims, 174 were from The Netherlands.

“The head of Russia stressed that the tragedy once again highlighted the need for an urgent peaceful settlement of the most acute crisis in Ukraine and noted there is a need for a thorough and objective investigation of the air crash,” the Kremlin said in a statement after Putin spoke with Mr Rutte by phone.