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Biden, Ukraine's Poroshenko discuss surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine: White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. Vice President Joe Biden spoke by phone on Friday with Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and both leaders expressed concern over a recent surge in fighting in eastern Ukraine, where Kiev is fighting pro-Russian separatists, the White House said.

"The Vice President relayed that the United States had sent a message to Russia that the world is watching and underscored the need to de-escalate the situation.He also urged Ukraine to show restraint," the White House statement said.

(Reporting by Eric Beech; Editing by Eric Walsh)

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