Putin accuses Ukraine of provocations in phone call with Merkel: Kremlin

Russia's President Putin meets with Governor of Novgorod Region Nikitin in Moscow

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin accused Ukraine of provocative action in eastern Ukraine that was inflaming the situation there during a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, the Kremlin said on Thursday.

In a readout of the call, the Kremlin said that both sides had voiced concerns about the situation in eastern Ukraine. They also discussed the case of jailed Russian opposition politician Alexei Navalny and Libya, the Kremlin said.

(Reporting by Andrey Ostroukh; writing by Tom Balmforth; editing by Alex Richardson)