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Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and Federal Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in the framework of the Munich Security Conference have discussed ways to counter Russia's aggression against Ukraine.

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Poroshenko underlined the importance of increasing pressure on Russia to release captive Ukrainian sailors illegally detained in the Kerch Strait, as well as all Ukrainian hostages illegally kept both in Russia and in the occupied territories of Donbas and Crimea, according to the president's press service.

The parties coordinated actions aimed at introducing the "Azov package" of sanctions.

Another important topic of negotiations was the issue of preventing Russian interference in the presidential elections in Ukraine.