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Ukraine, Europe leaders talk with Moscow before ceasefire expires

Published on Jun 29, 2014 10:57 AM
 
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko signs the cooperation agreement at the EU Council in Brussels on June 27, 2014. Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has enlisted support from the leaders of Germany and France for a call on Sunday to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a ceasefire deadline looms and after pro-Russian rebels released more European monitors. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

KIEV (AFP) - Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has enlisted support from the leaders of Germany and France for a call on Sunday to Russian President Vladimir Putin as a ceasefire deadline looms and after pro-Russian rebels released more European monitors.

Mr Poroshenko is expected to be joined by German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande on the scheduled phone call to the Russian leader on the eve of the lifting of the ceasefire.

Sunday's teleconference is primarily meant to check on any visible shift in Moscow before the European Union and Washington consider unleashing biting sanctions against Russia's financial and defence sectors the following day.

Both Ukraine and its Western allies have been seeking concrete steps from Russia to back up the ceasefire Kiev extended with the militias on Friday in the hope of calming a deadly insurgency sparked by the country's new westward course.

 
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