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Obama Tells Putin In Call To Agree To Ukraine Peace Deal

02/10/2015 03:34 pm ET | Updated Apr 12, 2015

WASHINGTON, Feb 10 (Reuters) - President Barack Obama called Russian President Vladimir Putin on Tuesday to discuss escalating violence in eastern Ukraine and urged him to agree to a peace deal, the White House said.

"President Obama underscored the rising human toll of the fighting and underscored the importance of President Putin seizing the opportunity presented by the ongoing discussions between Russia, France, Germany, and Ukraine to reach a peaceful resolution," the White House said.

"If Russia continues its aggressive actions in Ukraine, including by sending troops, weapons, and financing to support the separatists, the costs for Russia will rise." (Reporting by Jeff Mason and Roberta Rampton; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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