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European leaders support truce in east Ukraine: Russia


Moscow, August 23: The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France have spoken in support of a new attempt to secure a lasting cease-fire in eastern Ukraine, said Russian authorities.

People rally to celebrate the second anniversary of Russia's annexation of Crimea just off Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Friday, March 18, 2016. Russia annexed Crimea in 2014 after a hastily organized referendum not recognized by the United States and the European Union. PTI file photo

The Kremlin says in a statement that Presidents Vladimir Putin of Russia, Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and Emmanuel Macron of France and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke in a conference call yesterday and welcomed a plan to try to ensure a lasting cease-fire timed to the beginning of the new school year.

It says they also expressed support for the February 2015 peace deal for eastern Ukraine, which was brokered by France and Germany.

Frequent clashes have continued and a political settlement has stalled after the deal helped reduce the scale of hostilities in eastern Ukraine that erupted following Russia's annexation of Crimea.


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