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Ukrainians have flooded Facebook page of German chancellor Angela Merkel posting “Danke Frau Ribbentop” comments, so comparing her to Joachim von Ribbentrop, Foreign Minister of the German Reich from 1938 until 1945.

The move comes a day after Merkel met with Russian President Putin in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, to discuss situation in east Ukraine.

Merkel’s support for Putin’s idea, that “Kyiv should begin negotiations with separatists in the Donbas as soon as possible”, was interpreted by some Ukrainians as a step to closer ties with Russia.

Both leaders came to Brazil on the invitation of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff to attend Brazil World Cup.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko refused the invitation of Rousseff amid ongoing violence in Ukraine.