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Obstacles to ceasefire between Russia and Ukraine remain formidable despite hints of flexibility

The talks in Istanbul represent the first face-to-face meeting between the protagonists in three weeks. PHOTO: REUTERS
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LONDON - Negotiators from Ukraine and Russia met in the Turkish city of Istanbul  on Tuesday (March 29) with the objective of bringing an end to their month-long war.

But although both sides reported some flexibility in their previously entrenched diplomatic positions, they failed to reach a ceasefire and the obstacles to a settlement remain formidable.

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