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Merkel urges Putin to stop sending arms, advisors to Ukraine

Published on Aug 16, 2014 6:37 AM
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel attends a cabinet meeting at the Chancellery in Berlin on Aug 13, 2014. Dr Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "stop the flow of military equipment, military advisers and armed personnel crossing the border with Ukraine," in a telephone call on Friday. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

BERLIN (AFP) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Russian President Vladimir Putin to "stop the flow of military equipment, military advisers and armed personnel crossing the border with Ukraine," in a telephone call on Friday.

During the conversation, Dr Merkel expressed "concern about the situation in eastern Ukraine", her spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement.

"In order to establish a ceasefire as quickly as possible, the chancellor asked the Russian president to help calm the situation," the statement said.

Dr Merkel also "expressed hope that the humanitarian convoys reach their destination quickly, to relieve the suffering" in Ukraine.

 
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