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Russia's Putin, Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko Meet at D-Day Commemoration

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Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko, second from left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk after a group photo during the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France, on June 6, 2014.
Ukraine president-elect Petro Poroshenko, second from left, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Russian President Vladimir Putin talk after a group photo during the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Benouville, France, on June 6, 2014. KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters

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Ukraine's incoming president spoke briefly with Russian President Vladimir Putin after world leaders gathered for a photo Friday at D-Day commemoration ceremonies.

President-elect Petro Poroshenko, Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel lingered a while and chatted in a threesome. Reporters observing the encounter couldn't hear any of the animated conversation, which lasted about a minute, and the men did not shake hands in public.

No plans have been announced for a longer, formal meeting.

Deadly violence in eastern Ukraine was in many minds at the gathering in France, and a possible contact between Putin and Poroshenko was eagerly anticipated.

In recent weeks, Ukrainian officials say more than 200 people have died — a figure which can't be independently confirmed — in fighting between Ukrainian government troops and pro-Russian rebels.

Candy magnate Poroshenko, who is to be sworn in as Ukraine's next president on Saturday, has promised a comprehensive plan to put an end to the hostilities in the east as soon as he assumes office.

- The Associated Press

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