Saturday 7 February 2015 12:22 pm

World powers clash over solution to the Ukraine crisis

World leaders clashed over possible solutions to the on-going crisis in Ukraine today, highlighting a lack of consensus over how to halt the conflict which has so far killed around 5,000 people.

Speaking at the Munich Security Conference, German Chancellor Angela Merkel warned sending arms to Ukraine to fight Russian separatists would be futile, sparking sharp criticism from the United States.

German chancellor Angela Merkel said: "I understand the debate but I believe that more weapons will not lead to the progress Ukraine needs. I really doubt that."

"The problem is that I can't envision any situation in which a better-equipped Ukraine military would convince President Putin that he could lose militarily."

But the United States senator Lindsey Graham, later criticised the German Chancellor's comments.

"At the end of the day, to our European friends, this is not working. You can go to Moscow until you turn blue in the face. Stand up to what is clearly a lie and a danger."

Violence in Ukraine flared up again this week, and on Friday German chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande flew to Moscow in a bid to flesh out a peace deal.

French President Fran├žois Hollande speaking today said he feared that if talks failed, the crisis in Ukraine could escalate into a full-blown war with devastating consequences for Europe.

"If we don't manage to find not just a compromise but a lasting peace agreement, we know perfectly well what the scenario will be. It has a name, it's called war," he said.