(QHA) -

The Kremlin says Russian President Vladimir Putin told his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, on September 9 that Moscow remains committed to "further assist" the Ukrainian peace process.

The Kremlin said in a statement that in the course of the telephone conversation, "the importance of maintaining steady a cease-fire regime in the southeast of Ukraine was stressed." 

The cease-fire, which took effect on September 5, appears generally to hold, despite violations reported by both sides.

Earlier, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said he hoped that talks would start soon on the status of eastern Ukraine, where pro-Russian separatists fight Ukrainian army, seeking independance for eastern Donetsk and Luhansk regions.

QHA