French President Francois Hollande (L) and German Chancellor Angela Merkel (R) walk prior to their meeting with the Ukrainian President in Kiev on February 5, 2015. AFP PHOTO / SERGEI SUPINSKY
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande flew to Kiev Thursday with a new peace plan, in the biggest diplomatic push yet to halt an upsurge in deadly fighting in eastern Ukraine.The two European leaders, who will present the plan to Russia Friday, arrived hot on the heels of US Secretary of State John Kerry, who said that Moscow held the cards to end the conflict.Kerry threw Washington's weight behind the latest peace initiative, although Ukraine's premier said he was sceptical.Kerry added that US President Barack Obama would "soon" decide on whether to arm Ukraine, but stressed his preference for a diplomatic solution.Kerry is to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov at a security conference in Munich on Saturday, ahead of Obama holding a "very important" meeting with Merkel at the White House on Monday, Kerry said.
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