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Chancellor Angela Merkel has said Germany won’t provide weapons to Ukraine and called for the urgent restoration of a cease-fire in the country’s east.

Speaking in Budapest on February 2, Merkel voiced support for a diplomatic solution to the Ukraine conflict, which she said "cannot be solved militarily."

She said Germany will not support Kyiv's military forces through deliveries of weapons.

Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists has killed more than 5,100 people since April.. 

Hopes of ending fighting that is claiming lives daily faded after peace talks fell apart in Minsk on January 31.

In Beijing, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov indicated Moscow's position has not changed, repeating calls for direct talks between Kyiv and separatist leaders.

Lavrov criticized what he called "unreserved" U.S. support for the Ukrainian government, which he claimed is seeking to resolve the conflict by force.