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French President Says Cease-Fire Violations In Ukraine ‘Unacceptable’

French President Francois Hollande (right) met with his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko in Aachen on May 14. (file photo)

French President Francois Hollande has denounced as "unacceptable" cease-fire violations in eastern Ukraine.

Hollande was speaking in the western German city of Aachen on May 14, after a brief conversation with his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko.

"There are cease-fire violations today and that's unacceptable," he said, "There is a risk of fresh unrest and we need to warn [about] that."

Poroshenko also held separate talks with European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker and European Council President Donald Tusk.

More than 6,000 people have been killed since fighting began in April 2014 between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine, which continues to be embroiled in sporadic fighting despite a cease-fire sealed in mid-February and brokered by Germany and France.

Based on reporting by AFP and TASS