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 Obama and Merkel discussed Ukraine conflict escalation in a phone call

President Barack Obama and Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany have discussed the recent rise in violence in eastern Ukraine from increased attacks by combined Russian-separatist forces.

As informed by Censor.NET via StarTribune, this was reported by Associated Press.

The White House says they spoke by phone Wednesday. During the call, Obama noted Ukraine's progress in implementing its obligations under a peace plan and reiterated that Russia must do the same.

Obama also praised Merkel for working to address the migration crisis in Europe, including her recent decision to ease the burden on border countries by providing a haven to Syrian refugees.

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As reported, on Aug. 26 consultations within four subgroups and general meeting of the contact group on the Donbas conflict settlement took place in Minsk. According to representative of Ukraine in the humanitarian subgroup Iryna Herashchenko, the results of the meetings command "cautious optimism."
 
 
 
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