German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) speaking to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the presidential residence in Minsk on February 11, 2015. AFP PHOTO /HO / PRESIDENTIAL PRESS-SERVICE/ MYKOLA LAZARENKO
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko agreed more talks were needed before a "Normandy format" summit on the Ukraine conflict could be held, the German government said.Russia and Ukraine each accuse the other of violating the ceasefire.In an opinion piece in the newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung Friday Poroshenko said Russia is building up its military in eastern Ukraine, and he urged the European Union to keep sanctions against Russia in place.Poroshenko said 19 Ukrainian soldiers had been injured in fighting along the line of conflict in eastern Ukraine since a Sept. 1 "back to school" ceasefire, with more than 800 shots fired by pro-Russian rebels in September and 500 in October.
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