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Ukraine crisis: Obama presses Putin to stem flow of arms

US President Barack Obama has urged his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin to stop the flow of weapons into Ukraine and halt support for separatists. The White House said that in the phone call Mr Obama warned of further sanctions if Moscow failed to act. The Kremlin says Mr Putin urged direct talks between Kiev and the rebels in the east. Russia denies arming them. The separatists have said they will observe a truce initiated by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko. The week-long ceasefire – part of a 15-point peace plan announced by Mr Poroshenko last week – is due to expire on Friday. Late on Monday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest told reporters: “The president spoke to President…