KIEV, Aug. 23 (Xinhua) -- Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and visiting German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Saturday discussed the Ukraine crisis, the presidential press service said.
Noting that Ukraine is going through "an extremely tragic" period of its history, Poroshenko expressed appreciation for Germany's support to help Ukraine move towards peace, the press service said in a statement.
"We appreciate Germany and the European Union for their support and we are grateful to Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel for her continued assistance," Poroshenko was quoted as saying by the press service.
At a joint press briefing following their talks, the two sides called for a peaceful solution to the ongoing Ukraine crisis amid violent confrontations between government forces and independence-seeking insurgents in eastern Ukraine.
"I assure you that Ukraine is ready and able to ensure the peaceful settlement of the conflict," Poroshenko said.
For her part, Merkel stressed the need to ease the current tension through political dialogue.
"I am fully convinced that the problem must be solved through negotiations and diplomatic solution should be found," Merkel said.
The German Chancellor arrived here Saturday for a one-day working visit.