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French, German, Ukrainian, Russian FMs To Meet In Paris Next Week

Paris says the foreign ministers of France, Germany, Ukraine, and Russia are set to hold talks on June 23 over the crisis in eastern Ukraine.

French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said on June 17 that the ministers would in particular discuss the implementation of a cease-fire agreement signed in Minsk in February.

During a telephone call on June 17, Russia's Foreign Ministry said Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov and his German counterpart, Frank-Walter Steinmeier, "stressed the importance of an immediate cessation of hostilities in east Ukraine and especially the shelling of villages and civilian infrastructure."

The call comes a day after Kyiv reported the death of two servicemen as a fresh round of European-mediated talks with pro-Moscow rebels failed to break the deadlock over the future status of its separatist-controlled eastern regions.

Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and rebels has killed more than 6,400 people in eastern Ukraine since April 2014.

Based on reporting by AFP, Reuters, and TASS

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