Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky on Thursday visited the country's eastern frontline after a recent surge in clashes between Ukrainian troops and Russia-backed separatists.
The visit came amid rising tensions, with Russian President Vladimir Putin accusing Kiev of provocative action during a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel. Zelensky’s visit to positions where a ceasefire "has been systematically violated in recent days" was aimed at "maintaining the fighting spirit", the presidency said in a statement.
“Thank you for keeping people calm and defending our land,” Zelensky told troops during the trip.
"You are a true example of heroism and dedication. We remember every warrior who died defending our state.”
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