hitting a marketplace and an apartment building, causing injuries.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko urged President Vladimir Putin on Sunday to strengthen Russian control over its borders in order to avoid militants and arms entering Ukraine after violence broke a truce there. The ceasefire, declared by Poroshenko on June 20 to allow for for peace talks with the pro-Russian rebels, is due to expire on Monday, a deadline also set by EU leaders considering new sanctions against Russia. The statement came following a four-way telephone conversation among the Ukrainian and Russian leaders, French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel, said an announcement from Poroshenko's office. "Ukraine called within the President of Russia to strengthen control over the Russian side from the state border as a way to stop the penetration into Ukraine of militants and mercenaries and supplies of weapons and armoured vehicles," it said. A few leaders decided speak again on Monday, the statement added. The European Union has threatened more penalties on Moscow beyond existing asset freezes and visa bans unless pro-Russian rebels act to relieve the crisis in eastern Ukraine by Monday. Ukraine's National Guard said on Sunday rebels had used tanks and mortar shells to fireplace on the checkpoint close to the separatist stronghold of Slaviansk, about 100 km (60 miles) on the border with Russia. "There have been no casualties one of several serviceman there," its statement said. A spokesman with the operation told Channel 5 television that five soldiers was killed during the past few days by rebel violence in violation on the truce. Interfax press agency cited rebels as saying 

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