(QHA) -

Germany will increase urgent humanitarian assistance to the eastern regions of Ukraine up to 3.5 million euros, the press office of the German Foreign Ministry reports.

"Foreign Minister Steinmeier has decided to increase the amount of humanitarian aid to eastern Ukraine by 2.5 million euros to a total of 3.5 million euros"- reads the statement.

The allocated funds are provided primarily for the eastern Ukrainian cities such as Kramatorsk and Slavyansk as well as for the needs of Ukrainian refugees, who number about 60,000 people, according to the UN.

"The humanitarian situation in Ukraine causes concern: the prolonged fighting in the east of the country considerably complicate the lives of its residents who are in need of clear signals that we care about them,” the German foreign policy agency said.

Meanwhile, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande spoke by phone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko on Wednesday.

“We consider the allocated money not as financial aid, but also as moral support”- Poroshenko said during the conversation.