"I think it's necessary to make a new attempt to overcome the blockade in the relations between Kiev and Moscow. We lost time. The cease-fire is fragile, the number of ceasefire violations and victims is rapidly growing," he said an interview with the weekly Welt am Sonntag.

According to Steinmeier, at a meeting in Berlin speech should go about the preparation of local elections in the East of Ukraine. The Minister noted that the bill "includes specific suggestions".

He also said that the Organization for security and cooperation in Europe (OSCE) has launched an interesting initiative for the stabilization of the cease-fire. Germany currently holds the presidency of the OSCE.

Despite the truce on the occasion of Orthodox Easter, in the East of Ukraine in the fighting at the end of last week, killed three people. The parties to the conflict lay on each other responsible for all new violations of the cease-fire.