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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko speaks during a news conference in Kiev, Ukraine, June 3, 2016. REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko


KIEV (Reuters) - Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has agreed to a so-called "Normandy Format" meeting in Berlin on Oct 19, bringing together Russia, Germany, France and Ukraine for talks on the separatist conflict in eastern Ukraine, a statement said on Tuesday.

Fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed rebels has killed more than 9,600 since 2014, despite a ceasefire agreed in the Belarussian capital Minsk.

Poroshenko agreed to the talks during a phone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande, the statement said.

"The heads of states agreed to have a Normandy Four meeting in Berlin on October 19 in order to put pressure on Russia to fulfil security package of Minsk agreements," it said.

(Reporting by Natalia Zinets and Alexei Kalmykov; writing by Matthias Williams; Editing by Dominic Evans)


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