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Obama and Abe hold Ukraine talks

US President Barack Obama spoke with Japan's prime minister Shinzo Abe about the crisis in Ukraine and both leaders agreed that Russia's actions threaten international peace and security.

In the call, the White House says that Mr Obama and Mr Abe spoke of the importance of preserving Ukraine's sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The two leaders noted there is still an opportunity for Russia to resolve the situation diplomatically.

The White House says Mr Obama and Mr Abe also agreed to work bilaterally and through the International Monetary Fund to support the government in Kiev as Ukraine works to stabilise its economy and prepare for May elections.

Mr Obama also spoke to Russian president Vladimir Putin yesterday and told him that Russia's actions violate Ukraine's sovereignty.

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