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Emergency Ukraine summit planned for Wednesday

Mrs Merkel and Mr Hollande (right) in talks with Mr Putin on Friday. The German and French leaders have been carrying out frantic diplomacy in recent days to achieve a "comprehensive settlement" in the conflict between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian rebels.


FRENCH, German and Ukrainian leaders are planning a summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday in a frantic bid to halt escalating bloodshed in east Ukraine.

The four leaders spoke by phone on Sunday as part of urgent efforts to achieve a "comprehensive