EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Wednesday (December 17) she and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko had detected some signs of greater willingness from Russia to resolve the crisis in Ukraine's separatist eastern territories.

"We shared the impression that there might be some elements that could make us think that there might be some more willingness to solve the conflict on the Russian side, on President Putin's side. But we also share the fact, the evaluation of the fact that we've gone through similar feelings or similar impressions other times in the last months," Mogherini said in Kiev adding that "what counts is not the expression of willingness, is the real willingness and the real capacity to deliver on the Minsk agreement."