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Merkel urges Yanukovych to accept EU help in opposition talks

AFP , Thursday 20 Feb 2014
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel listens to the debate about the situation in the Ukraine and possible reactions of the European Union a the parliament Bundestag in Berlin, Thursday, Feb. 20, 2014 (Photo: AP)
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel urged Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych on Thursday to accept EU help in his talks with the opposition and condemned the latest violence.

"She sharply condemned the latest escalation," said Merkel's spokesman, adding that the chancellor also "urgently" advised the president to accept the EU's offer of crisis mediation. 

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