Deutsche Welle: Poroshenko blasts 'pseudo-ceasefire' in talks with Merkel in Berlin

President Poroshenko and Chancellor Merkel have emphasized the ceasefire struck in February to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine continues to be violated. "Ukraine is losing its best sons every day," Poroshenko said.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko Wednesday called the Minsk accord agreed to in February to end the conflict in eastern Ukraine a "pseudo-ceasefire" in an interview with German broadcaster ZDF.

In spite of the deal, fighting between Ukrainian security forces and pro-Russian separatists has continued around the port city of Mariupol and the coastal town of Shyrokyne. Ukraine and the West accuse Russia of propping up the separatists, charges Moscow denies.

Ukraine News Updates -- May 15, 2015

Ukraine president says ceasefire is 'pseudo-peace' -- The Telegraph
Poroshenko says Minsk deal ‘pseudo-peace’, vows to fight to the last drop of blood -- RT
Poroshenko Snubs Minsk Accords, Vows to Fight 'Till Last Drop of Blood' -- Sputnik
Ukrainian president thanks Europe for its solidarity and unity with Ukraine -- Ukraine Today
Ukraine Earmarks Funds to Fortify Borders as Fighting Continues -- Bloomberg
'Great Ukrainian Wall': Kiev plans to spend $200mn on Russian border defenses -- RT
Donetsk combat zone expanding -- Kyiv Post
Militants massing 700 tanks for offensive in Donbas, Ukraine's military says -- Ukraine Today
NATO: Russia has equipped Ukraine rebels to attack at short notice -- Reuters
Kiev sets up field depots with 2,000 tons of munitions in Donbas — militia intelligence -- ITAR-TASS
Ukrainian army reduces dependency on foreign military equipment -- Ukraine Today
Persistent fighting in eastern Ukraine draws multi-ethnic recruits -- Euronews
Ukraine's Economy Contracts 17.6 Pct as Conflict Takes Toll -- AP
War-torn Ukraine's economy contracts sharply -- Detusche Welle
Ukraine's creditors must accept Kiev's debt proposals - Yatseniuk -- Reuters
Nuclear waste stored in 'shocking' way 120 miles from Ukrainian front line -- The Guardian
Ukraine's refugees find solace in Poland, Europe's most homogenous society -- The Guardian
Ukraine conflict: Will the ceasefire hold? -- BBC

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