June 29, 2014 12:26 pm

Ukraine’s president talks with Putin, Merkel, Hollande ahead of peace plan deadline

Ukrainian's President Elect Petro Poroshenko, speaks to the media during a press conference on May 26, 2014 in Kiev, Ukraine.

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KIEV, Ukraine – Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tried to keep his peace plan to settle the conflict with pro-Russian separatists on track in a four-way phone call with Russian President Vladimir Putin and the leaders of France and Germany.

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The European Union set a Monday deadline for Russia and the separatists to take a series of steps. If this was not done, the EU warned that it was ready to impose new punitive measures on Russia.

A statement released by Poroshenko’s office said he underlined Ukraine’s willingness to maintain a cease-fire at least until Monday evening, but expressed concern about the situation, noting what he said were multiple violations of the cease-fire by separatist fighters.

Poroshenko’s discussion Sunday with Putin, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande was the latest in a series they have held in recent weeks in an effort to stop the fighting that has killed more than 400 people since April.

WATCH: Fighting continued on Monday between pro-Russia separatists and Ukrainian forces in the besieged eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk, where shelling damaged several buildings and injured at least one woman

© The Associated Press, 2014

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