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Germany's Steinmeier Warns Of 'Explosive' Ukraine Crisis

Germany's foreign minister says the situation in eastern Ukraine is "explosive" and that urgent talks must be held to prevent "a new military escalation spiral."

Frank-Walter Steinmeier made the comments in an interview published on August 16 in the Bild Am Sonntag.

Steinmeier said he has proposed that representatives of Kyiv and the Russia-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine meet immediately with representatives of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) for talks on reducing tensions.

A cease-fire deal signed in Minsk in February has eased the violence somewhat, but both sides claim violations on a daily basis.

About 6,400 people have been killed since the violence erupted last year.

Based on reporting by Reuters and Bild Am Sonntag