Merkel urges immediate ceasefire in Ukraine

German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference in Berlin, on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo/Clemens Bilan)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel speaks during a press conference in Berlin, on July 18, 2014 (AFP Photo/Clemens Bilan)

Berlin (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel called Friday for an immediate ceasefire in Ukraine to permit a probe into the downing of a passenger plane in the rebel-held east of the country.

"What is important now is for an independent investigation to take place as soon as possible," Merkel told reporters.

"For that, a ceasefire is needed, and then it is of course crucial for those responsible to be brought to justice."