The Prime Minister has made further phone calls on the terrible situation in Ukraine. He called President Putin shortly after 6pm, followed by the Polish Prime Minister Donald Tusk.
All three leaders support the idea of a roadmap that has been put forward by European foreign ministers in Kiev today. The Prime Minister agreed with President Putin that they should both encourage all sides in Ukraine to get behind this emerging plan as a way to end the violence and open the way to a lasting peaceful solution.
The PM and Prime Minister Tusk discussed the EU targeted measures approved today and agreed that the EU should continue to look at the ways it can promote a peaceful and democratic settlement in Ukraine, recognising that continued violence will make it harder to reassure all Ukrainians that their legitimate aspirations will be realised.