Germany, France press Ukraine on graft, vote in rebel east

Ukrainian Foreign Minister Pavlo Klimkin (C), French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault (L) and German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeie (R) pose for media after their press conference for the results of the talks in Kiev on February 23, 2016Germany and France on Tuesday urged Kiev to root out corruption and quickly adopt a law on elections in the pro-Russian east that may help resolve Ukraine’s separatist war. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault and his German counterpart Frank-Walter Steinmeier arrived in Kiev amid political chaos that has seen ministers in the pro-EU government trade accusations of influence peddling and graft. The ruling coalition has also been breaking at the seams since Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk won a no-confidence vote last Tuesday that came only hours after President Petro Poroshenko urged his government leader to step down.

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