“The 2014 Minsk agreements were an attempt to give Ukraine time,” Merkel said.

She also stated that "it was clear to everyone" that the conflict in Ukraine was frozen, and the problem remained unresolved.

According to her, Kyiv used this time to "become stronger."

In addition, Merkel believes that the conflict in Ukraine will end with negotiations.

Earlier, former President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, during a conversation with Russian pranksters Vovan and Lexus, who introduced themselves as former US Ambassador to Russia Michael McFaul, said that he had signed the Minsk agreements to gain time.