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Putin discusses with Merkel by phone the current escalation in Donbas

 Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed, by phone, with German Chancellor Angela Merkel the current escalation in the Donbas region in southeastern Ukraine.


The Russian presidency stated in a statement reported by Russia Today news channel today, Thursday, that both leaders expressed, during the call, their concern about the escalation in southeastern Ukraine, and urged the parties to the conflict to exercise restraint and activate negotiations.


Putin pointed to the provocative actions by Kiev, which in recent times have systematically increased the tension at the contact line in Donbas.

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