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Ukraine, US Agree on Further Coordination if Donbas Conflict Escalates

© Flickr / The White HousePresident Barack Obama talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko
President Barack Obama talks with Ukrainian President  Petro Poroshenko - Sputnik International
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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US President Barack Obama agree to further cooperation in case the Ukrainian conflict escalates.

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MOSCOW (Sputnik) — Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and US President Barack Obama during a phone talk on Saturday agreed on further coordination of efforts in case of Ukrainian conflict escalation.

“Interlocutors discussed situation in Donbas and expressed concern about the events unfolding around Debaltsevo,” the statement published on Poroshenko’s official website read.

“The President of Ukraine stressed the necessity of OSCE monitoring to confirm the ceasefire. Petro Poroshenko and Barack Obama also agreed on further coordination of efforts in case of escalation,” the statement concluded.

Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande also held phone talks earlier on Saturday.

Petro Poroshenko, Francois Hollande and Angela Merkel held a phone conversation ahead of a ceasefire in southeastern Ukraine and stressed that all parties involved in the Ukrainian conflict should observe the obligations they accepted during peace talks in Minsk earlier this week. - Sputnik International
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The conversations were held ahead of a ceasefire in southeastern Ukraine, which is due to come into force at midnight local time on February 15 (February 14, 10:00 p.m. GMT).

The ceasefire was one out of the measures agreed on during the last reconciliation talks on Ukraine in the Belarus capital of Minsk.

The leaders of Ukraine, France, Germany, and Russia held a 16-hour summit in Minsk on Wednesday and early Thursday. The talks resulted in a new political deal, aimed at stopping the deadly conflict in eastern Ukraine.

The deal was signed by the Contact Group on Ukraine, including envoys from Moscow, Kiev, the self-proclaimed people's republics of Donetsk and Luhansk and the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE).

Despite a similar ceasefire agreement signed by the parties in last September, clashes in eastern Ukraine intensified in the first weeks of 2015.

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