Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shake hands during their meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Saturday, June 6, 2015. (AP Photo/Mykola Lazarenko, Presidential Press Service Pool Photo via AP)
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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe vowed during an historic first visit to Ukraine Saturday to spearhead a global drive to resolve the crisis threatening to splinter the ex-Soviet state.Abe told Ukranian President Petro Poroshenko on the eve of a summit meeting of the world's most economically advanced nations that he "resolutely" opposed a military solution to the conflict roiling the troubled country's separatist east.Poroshenko is trying to mobilize top world leaders who meet in Germany on Sunday into crafting an even tougher response to what he sees is a clear attempt by Russia to either break up or at the very least severely damage Ukraine.Poroshenko called Abe's visit to Kiev of great "historic and symbolic value".
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