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It is her first visit to Ukraine since
2008.

“The chancellor’s visit is a sign of support for
Ukraine,” said Anka Feldhusen, deputy head of the German Embassy in Ukraine. “Chancellor Merkel wanted to follow up on multiple
conversations she has recently had with President (Petro) Poroshenko,
personally, in Kyiv.”

Merkel and Poroshenko have spoken on the phone
almost daily over the past few weeks. In fact, their relationship is now so
close that Merkel much of her information about the situation in the
war zone directly from the presidential office, officials on both sides say. Senior
staff members of Poroshenko and Merkel are said to have close and productive
working relations.

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