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Europe warns Putin on eve of Ukraine truce deadline

Published on Jun 30, 2014 7:00 AM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a ceremony of accepting the credentials of the new foreign ambassadors in Aleksandrovsky (Alexander's) Hall at the Grand Kremlin Palace in Moscow, on June 27, 2014. The leaders of Germany and France warned Vladimir Putin on Sunday that Russia could be hit with punishing sanctions within days unless he forced Ukrainian rebels Moscow is accused of backing to suspend their deadly uprising. -- PHOTO: AFP

KIEV (AFP) - The leaders of Germany and France warned Vladimir Putin on Sunday that Russia could be hit with punishing sanctions within days unless he forced Ukrainian rebels Moscow is accused of backing to suspend their deadly uprising.

The French presidency said Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel made their case to the Russian strongman in a call that stretched for more than two hours and included Ukraine’s embattled pro-Western leader Petro Poroshenko.

The new Ukrainian president’s office said the four agreed to speak again on Monday when a truce is set to expire at 1900 GMT with no end to 13 weeks of fighting in sight.

The Ukrainian military reported losing five more soldiers over the weekend.

 
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