Merkel, Putin say Ukraine must remain intact

BERLIN Sun Feb 23, 2014 10:05am EST

Supporters attend a pro-Yanukovich rally in the eastern city of Donetsk, February 23, 2014. REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Supporters attend a pro-Yanukovich rally in the eastern city of Donetsk, February 23, 2014.

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BERLIN (Reuters) - German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin agreed in a phone call on Sunday that Ukraine's "territorial integrity" must be safeguarded and that the country urgently needed a functional government.

"They underscored their joint interest in a stable Ukraine - both in economic and political terms," Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said in a statement, adding they had agreed to stay in close contact.

The Kremlin said in an earlier separate statement the two leaders had spoken in a call initiated by Berlin.

(Reporting by Alexandra Hudson; Editing by Sonya Hepinstall)

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Comments (4)
rvm3 wrote:
Can we wait to hear Putin’s precise version of events before claiming this?

Feb 23, 2014 10:51am EST  --  Report as abuse
Tiu wrote:
Sounds like Ukraine needs to be saved from itself. Send in the bombers. Kill all those who won’t surrender to salvation.

Feb 23, 2014 12:43pm EST  --  Report as abuse
Laster wrote:
Of course the country should remain whole. We paid for an entire coup, not half of one.

Feb 23, 2014 1:22pm EST  --  Report as abuse
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