Merkel offers 500 million euros for Donbas restoration, reaffirms Crimea must be Ukrainian

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Aug. 23, 2014, 6:04 p.m. | Kyiv Post+ — by Kyiv Post+, Oksana Grytsenko

German Chancellor Angela Merkel (L) and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko smile during a press conference following their meeting in Kiev on August 23, 2014. Merkel said she could not rule out new sanctions against Russia over the Ukraine crisis, following talks with Poroshenko. Merkel arrived in Kiev on August 23 for crisis talks with Ukraine's pro-Western leaders, as a controversial aid convoy from Moscow began crossing back from the war-torn east of the country to Russia. AFP PHOTO/ SERGEI SUPINSKY

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German Chancellor Angela Merker offered Ukraine 500 million euros in help to rebuild destruction from a Russian-backed war in Ukraine's east, while President Petro Poroshenko promised her to fulfill his pledge decentralize political power in the nation and ensure language and cultural rights of Russian-speakers.

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