Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande to continue talks Thursday: Kiev

A crunch round of telephone diplomacy between Ukraine`s new Western-backed leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will continue Thursday, Kiev said.

Kiev: A crunch round of telephone diplomacy between Ukraine`s new Western-backed leader and Russian President Vladimir Putin that included German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande will continue Thursday, Kiev said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko`s office said the four-way telephone conversation ended on Wednesday with an agreement to let OSCE observers monitor the Ukrainian-Russian border and roadblocks during a temporary truce, and for the sides to "exchange hostage lists".

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