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    Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov stated that leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France will hold talks on the Ukrainian crisis by telephone on Wednesday evening.

    From the left : Russian President Vladimir Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Francois Hollande, and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko pose for a photo during a time-break in their peace talks in Minsk, Belarus
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) The leaders of Ukraine, Russia, Germany, and France will hold talks on the Ukrainian crisis by telephone on Wednesday evening, Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying on Russia's Rossiya-24 television station.

    "According to [Peskov's] words, the conference will be held over the telephone," a Rossiya-24 news presenter said.

    Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, Russian President Vladimir Putin, French President Francois Hollande, and German Chancellor Angela Merkel met in the Belarusian capital of Minsk last week to hammer out a deal on ending the violence in Ukraine's eastern regions.

    The measures on deescalating the conflict in Donbas include a ceasefire between Kiev forces and independence supporters, the establishment of a secure buffer zone through the withdrawal of heavy weaponry and an all-for-all prisoner swap.

    The ceasefire in southeastern Ukraine became effective on February 15, however, clashes between the warring sides continued in some parts of the region, particularly in the city of Debaltsevo, where Kiev troops were encircled by independence fighters.

    Earlier on Wednesday, President Poroshenko announced that the operation to withdraw Kiev troops from the encirclement in Debaltsevo had been completed.

    On Tuesday, Russia's envoy to the UN Vitaly Churkin in his address to the Security Council reaffirmed Russia's support for a package of measures to resolve the crisis in Ukraine.

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