Obama and Merkel discuss Ukraine"s crisis

President Barack Obama and German Chancellor Angela Merkel had a telephone discussion about the situation in Ukraine on Thursday, according to the White House press service, an Ukrinfrorm correspondent reports.

"The two leaders discussed their support for a robust package of international financing for Ukraine as it implements an ambitious series of reforms," the official report states.

Obama and Merkel also talked about the recent United States and European Union announcements of new financial assistance for Ukraine.

The leaders expressed concern about "about the increase in separatist violence in eastern Ukraine." They stated "the need for full and speedy implementation of Minsk agreements to achieve a lasting and peaceful solution to the conflict," the readout notes.

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