March 14, 2015 / 11:49 PM / in 3 years

Biden, Poroshenko call on Russia, separatists to implement ceasefire deal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko spoke by phone on Saturday and both called on Russia and pro-Russian separatists fighting in eastern Ukraine to implement the Minsk ceasefire agreements, the White House said.

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden addresses the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF) Legislative Conference and Presidential Forum in Washington March 9, 2015. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque

Both leaders also welcomed the disbursement of the first tranche of a new International Monetary Fund program for Ukraine, the White House said in a statement.

Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Grant McCool

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