Foreign Ministers of France Laurent Fabius, Ukraine Pavlo Klimkin, Germany Frank-Walter Steinmeier and Russia Sergey Lavrov, from left, at the Guesthouse of Foreign Ministry Villa Borsig in Berlin August 17, 2014. (AP Photo/Steffi Loos)
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The foreign ministers of Ukraine, Russia, France and Germany Tuesday called for a ceasefire deal to be strictly implemented in eastern Ukraine, where fighting has persisted since the accord came into effect.The meeting focused on the situation in the town of Debaltseve, seized by pro-Russian rebels last week in defiance of the cease-fire meant to start February 15, as well as fresh attacks on the port city of Mariupol.Fabius said the ministers called for a reinforcement of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) mission which is tasked with monitoring the cease-fire.The latest fighting came as Putin -- whom Kiev and the West accused of masterminding the conflict -- said he thought the prospect of all-out war between Russia and Ukraine was unlikely.Ukraine has accused Russia of sending in more tanks to bolster rebel forces around Mariupol, the latest allegation that Moscow is spearheading the insurgency.
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