A pro-Russian masked man is seen at the gates of the local government building in Slovyansk, Ukraine. Picture: Manu Brabo

Moscow - Russian President Vladimir Putin and British Prime Minister David Cameron agreed in a phone conversation on Wednesday that an end to the crisis in Ukraine can only be reached through peaceful means, the Kremlin said in a statement.

“The leaders of Russia and the United Kingdom agreed that the end of the serious political confrontation can only be reached through peaceful means. They agreed to continue bilateral exchange at several levels,” the statement said.