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Merkel arrives in Ukraine looking for a ceasefire

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Merkel arrives in Ukraine looking for a ceasefire


German leader Angela Merkel has arrived in Kyiv for a two-day visit, during which she will attend Ukraine’s Independence Day celebrations.

While the visit is being seen as support for President Petro Poroshenko, Merkel is also expected to pressure him to agree to another ceasefire in the east of the country, where the Ukrainian army is trying to put down a pro-Russian revolt instigated and supported by Moscow.

NATO is now confirming Ukrainian allegations that Russia is sending both men and weapons into Ukraine to fight, and on Saturday lorries of the purported aid convoy sent in on Friday by Moscow were already driving back over the border into Russia.

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