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Merkel urges Ukraine truce as Russia convoy returns home

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KIEV - German Chancellor Angela Merkel pushed for a new ceasefire in crisis talks with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, as the troubled country prepared for Independence Day celebrations on Sunday and a controversial Russian convoy returned home. 

German Chancellor Angela Merkel addresses the media next to Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko after their meeting in Kiev, on August 23, 2014

The visit by Merkel -- the most influential Western leader to call on Kiev since the crisis erupted in the ex-Soviet state -- came ahead of crunch talks Tuesday between Poroshenko and Russian President Vladimir Putin alongside top EU officials.

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