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Ukraine and USA call on Russia to enter negotiations

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden in Kiev earlier this year Credit: AA / TT/TT News Agency/Press Association Images

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden has agreed in a call with Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko today that Russia's military activities in eastern Ukraine were inconsistent with its stated desire to improve the humanitarian situation there.

In a statement, the White House said: "The two leaders agreed that Russia's sending military columns across the border into Ukraine and its continued provision of advanced weapons to the separatists was inconsistent with any desire to improve the humanitarian situation in eastern Ukraine."

It added: "Both leaders reaffirmed their support for a diplomatic resolution to the crisis and called on Russia to enter into good faith negotiations."