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Putin, Macron discuss Ukraine issue over phone******
MOSCOW, Feb. 20 (Xinhua) -- Russian President Vladimir Putin held a telephone conversation with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron on Sunday, where the leaders discussed the situation in Ukraine and developments regarding long-term legal security guarantees for Russia.
"Serious concerns were expressed due to the quickly deteriorating situation along the contact line in Donbas," the Kremlin said in a statement.
Putin noted that provocations from Ukrainian militants caused the escalation.
"Attention was drawn to the modern weapons and ammunition being sent to Ukraine by NATO member countries, which is encouraging Kiev to pursue a military solution to the Donbas problem," the Kremlin said.
Kiev "continues to refuse to implement the Minsk agreements, as well as the agreements reached as part of the Normandy format," according to the statement.
Both presidents found it "expedient to step up the search for a diplomatic solution" between the foreign ministers and political advisors to the leaders of the Normandy format countries.
Number of one******
In South Korea the number of one-person households hit a record high last year amid the expanded social trend of delayed marriage and aging population, showed statistical office data released Wednesday.。
The number of one-person households was 6,643,000 in 2020, accounting for 31.7 percent of the total households, according to Statistics Korea.。
The proportion was up from 30.2 percent in the previous year, marking the highest since data began to be compiled.。
The single-member households continued to rise as the younger generation delayed or gave up on marriages.。
The country was forecast to become a super-aged society in 2025, when the percentage of those aged 65 or higher would top 20 percent of the total population.。
The one-person households in their 20s took up 19.1 percent of the total single-member households.。
It was followed by one-person households in their 30s with 16.8 percent, those in their 50s with 15.6 percent, those in their 60s with 15.6 percent and those in their 40s with 13.6 percent.。
Regarding reasons for living alone, 24.4 percent picked study and work, trailed by 23.4 percent selecting the death of a spouse.。
Among the total single-person households, the proportion of working people was 59.6 percent in 2020, down from 60.8 percent in the previous year.。
The annual average income of one-person households amounted to 21.62 million won (18,371 US dollars) in 2019. It stood merely at 36.5 percent of the average annual income for the total households.。