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Putin, Ukraine president discuss possible ceasefire: Kremlin

Published on Jun 18, 2014 6:29 AM
Pro-Russian armed militiamen take up positions on a secondary road between Kramatorsk and Slavyansk, on June 11, 2014. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (AFP) - President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko discussed a possible ceasefire, the Kremlin said on Tuesday, after a second member of a Russian television crew was confirmed to have died in the east of the ex-Soviet state.

“The issue of possible ceasefire in the area of a military operation in Ukraine’s south-east has been touched upon,” the Kremlin said after the talks.

Mr Putin expressed concern over the deaths of the two Russian media workers and stressed the importance of ensuring safety of reporters working in Ukraine, the Kremlin said.

“Petro Poroshenko expressed condolences over the deaths of Russian media representatives and assured the Russian president that a relevant investigation would be conducted following his order,” Mr Putin’s office said.

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