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Merkel Holding Emergency Talks With Putin Over Deepening Crisis

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Merkel Heads to Moscow to Press Putin

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are holding emergency talks in Moscow with Vladimir Putin in a last-ditch effort to stave off a deeper confrontation with the Russian leader over Ukraine.

Merkel and Hollande, whose arrival in the snowy Russian capital as darkness fell was shown live on TV, were whisked off to meet Putin behind closed doors at his official residence within the Kremlin. The two leaders will push him to implement the Minsk cease-fire agreement from last September, two people familiar with the matter said.