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The hostilities between Ukraine and Russia in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts, which began shortly after Russia’s annexation of Ukraine’s Crimean peninsula, have killed more than 2,000 people and wounded more than 5,000 people. It has also forced hundreds of thousands from their homes in Ukraine’s two densely populated oblasts, home to more than six million people.

Poroshenko thanked Merkel, who visited Kyiv for the first time since 2008, ahead of the country’s Aug. 24 Independence Day, and important meeting of Ukraine’s president with Russian leader Vladimir Putin on Aug. 26 in Minsk.

“We all remember the Marshall Plan for post-war Europe. Today I may say this is a launch of Merkel plan for renewal of Donbas infrastructure,” Poroshenko said at the joint press conference.

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