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Russia and Ukraine strike gas delivery deal

Elderly residents queue up for hot tea and biscuits at a makeshift soup kitchen on Lenin square in Debaltseve on March 2, 2015Russia and Ukraine reached a deal Monday to supply gas to Europe until the end of March after President Vladimir Putin and Western leaders admitted there was still progress to be made in implementing a ceasefire. The deal struck after tense talks in Brussels secures gas supplies to the European Union until the end of winter after they had been put at risk by a row over supplies to rebel-held eastern Ukraine. Earlier, Putin spoke by telephone with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, German leader Angela Merkel and France’s Francois Hollande and they agreed that “progress has been made, but the situation must be improved further”, according to a French presidency statement. The UN said Monday more than 6,000 people have died in the Ukraine conflict in less than a year.

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