Putin, Merkel, Hollande urge ceasefire in Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a conference call on Saturday, called for an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, in a conference call on Saturday, called for an immediate ceasefire in eastern Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

"In connection with the [current] meeting in Minsk of the Contact Group, hope was expressed that the earliest possible ceasefire and withdrawal of heavy armaments would be the central issues on its agenda," the Kremlin said in a statement.

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