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Ukrainian President visits besieged city of Mariupol

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has arrived in the south-eastern city of Mariupol, his press secretary Svyatoslav Tsegolko reported on Twitter.

President Poroshenko is quoted as saying: "We will not give up this land to anybody".

He also ordered the reinforced defence of Mariupol with tanks, rocket-launchers and aerial defence, according to Reuters.

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Ukrainian President discusses crisis with Nato leaders

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has tweeted this photo showing him discussing the crisis in his country with other Nato leaders.

The seated figures are (L-R): French President Francois Hollande, President Poroshenko, US President Barack Obama, Prime Minister David Cameron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel. The sixth figure is believed to be Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi.

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Putin and Poroshenko 'largely agree' way out of crisis

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko have spoken by phone and "largely agree" on a possible way out of the Ukraine crisis, Interfax news agency reported, citing Putin's spokesman.

Vladimir Putin and Petro Poroshenko shaking hands during their last meeting. Credit: Reuters

"The viewpoints of the presidents of the two countries largely coincide on possible ways out of the grave crisis situation," Dmitry Peskov was quoted as saying.

Poroshenko: Ukraine on the brink of 'full-scale war'

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko has said that he believes the crisis in the east of the country is very close to the point of "full-scale war".

He said that EU leaders agreed to prepare new sanctions against Russia, which could be implemented depending on the progress of his peace plan.

He added that he hopes a meeting with Russian amd EU representatives on Monday can bring about a ceasefire.

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