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Russia's Putin calls for long-term Ukraine ceasefire, peace talks

Published on Jun 27, 2014 5:59 PM
 
Russia's President Vladimir Putin attends a reception in honour of the military academies' graduates in the Kremlin in Moscow, on June 26, 2014. Mr Putin called on Friday, June 27, 2014, for a long-term ceasefire in Ukraine to allow for talks between representatives of Kiev and eastern regions where rebels are waging an armed insurgency. -- PHOTO: AFP

MOSCOW (REUTERS) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Friday for a long-term ceasefire in Ukraine to allow for talks between representatives of Kiev and eastern regions where rebels are waging an armed insurgency.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has warned a ceasefire now in place may not be extended beyond Friday night when it is due to expire if peace talks with pro-Russian separatists fail to yield a favourable outcome.

“Most important is the securing of a long-term ceasefire as a necessary condition for substantive talks between the authorities in Kiev and representatives of the southeastern regions,” Mr Putin said.

“We sincerely strive to help the peace process,” he told delegates at a diplomatic ceremony in the Kremlin.

 
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