Obama advises Putin to take chance of Minsk talks
U.S. President Barack Obama phoned Russian President Vladimir Putin to talk about the escalation of violence in the east of Ukraine and Russia's support for the militants, Ukrainian online newspaper Ukrainska Pravda reported on Tuesday, with reference to the press service of the White House.
Obama once again voiced U.S. support for the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine, a White House statement said.
"Human casualties grow as a result of military actions," the U.S. president said.
"Putin has a chance to take the opportunity of talks between Russia, France, Germany and Ukraine in order to achieve a peaceful resolution of the conflict," he said.
Obama also stressed the importance of reaching a peaceful resolution and the implementation of the Minsk agreements.
"However, if Russia continues its aggressive actions in Ukraine, including sending its troops, weapons and funding to support the separatists, the price for such Russian actions will grow," he said, according to the statement on the White House Web site.