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Ukraine crisis: Merkel, Putin, Poroshenko agree to steps on ceasefire

Reuters BERLIN | Updated on January 24, 2018

German Chancellor Angela Merkel agreed on concrete steps with the leaders of Russia and Ukraine to allow the OSCE to observe the situation in eastern Ukraine given the fragility of the agreed ceasefire, a German government spokesman said on Tuesday after the three leaders held a conference call.

"The German Chancellor and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko called on the Russian President Vladmir Putin to exercise his influence on the separatists to enforce the ceasefire," said German government spokesman Steffen Seibert in a statement.

"Further, the withdrawal of heavy weapons should be started on Tuesday, as agreed in Minsk," he added.

Published on February 17, 2015

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