File photo of Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking with German Chancellor Angela Merkel at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier by the Kremlin walls in Moscow, Russia, May 10, 2015. REUTERS/Maxim Shemetov/Files
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The conversation came a day after Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko, speaking after talks with Merkel in Berlin, accused Russia of continuing to send troops and weapons across the border into the ex-Soviet country in violation of the ceasefire deal.Poroshenko blamed "Russia and its proxies" for the violence, accusing them of being responsible for 1,200 shellings in January alone.Putin has repeatedly denied playing any direct role in a war that began less in April 2014, than two months after the ouster of Ukraine's Kremlin-backed president Viktor Yanukovych.
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