Germany's Scholz pushes for Ukraine ceasefire in call with Putin

BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Olaf Scholz urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to agree to a ceasefire in Ukraine as soon as possible during a telephone call on Friday, a government spokesperson said on Friday. A truce was needed to improve the humanitarian situation in Ukraine and allow progress in finding a diplomatic solution for the conflict, the spokesperson said. During the 75-minute call, Scholz reminded Putin of Russia's responsibility for the global food situation, the spokesperson added. (Reporting by Riham Alkousaa)