Putin, Poroshenko, Merkel, Hollande Speak by Phone, French Say

The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany spoke by telephone Wednesday for about two hours and confirmed their support for a cease-fire in eastern Ukraine and elections in Donbass before the end of January, French President Francois Hollande’s office said in a statement.

The so-called “Normandy Group” of Russian President Vladimir Putin, Ukraine’s Petro Poroshenko, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Hollande said their foreign ministers will meet before early February to review progress on implementing the Minsk accord.

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