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Merkel blasts breaches of Ukraine truce

AFP  |  Assisi (Italy) 

German today said she was deeply concerned by repeated breaches of a between forces and Russian-backed rebels in eastern

"Every night there are violations of the and every day there are human casualties," said in the central Italian town of Assisi, where she received a prize for her efforts to promote peace.

"concerns us and in the 'Normandy Format' - which groups Germany, France, and - we try to get the (ceasefire) accords respected," she said.

The conflict in began in 2014 after mass protests ousted a pro-Russian in Kiev, with more than 10,000 people dead so far despite repeated efforts to get successive ceasefires to stick, the last dating to the end of March.

Daughter of a Protestant pastor, was awarded the Peace Lamp of Saint Francis prize by Franciscan monks for "her work on reconciliation, promoting peaceful coexistence between peoples".

Merkel also spoke about the rising tensions between and in Syria, saying the situation had become worse since the US withdrawal this week from the nuclear accord.

"We are following what's happening between and taking into consideration Germany's commitment to the security of Israel," she said. She is scheduled to meet later with 300 young people from 37 countries including some refugees from Syria's civil war.

Others who have received the "Catholic Nobel" include Pope John-Paul II, Mother and

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First Published: Sat, May 12 2018. 19:45 IST