(QHA) -

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko have discussed the Ukraine crisis by telephone and that their views on possible solutions "coincide to a substantial degree", Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov announced.

Russian news agencies quoted Peskov as saying, "The heads of state exchanged opinions about what needs to be done first in order to bring an end to the bloodletting in the southeast of the country as soon as possible."

"The views of the presidents of the two countries about possible ways out of this difficult crisis coincide to a substantial degree,"- Peskov said.

Putin and Poroshenko met last week in Minsk but made no apparent progress toward ending the conflict, which has killed more than 2,600 people since April.

Fighting has intensified in recent weeks and the Ukrainian government and the West have accused Russia of deploying troops to Ukraine, a claim Russia has denied.

QHA