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Signs of optimism over Russia-Ukraine talks, but diplomatic path still bumpy

It is not clear whether the Russians genuinely intend to drop demands that Ukraine finds unacceptable. PHOTO: PODOLYAK_M/TWITTER
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LONDON - The new round of talks on Monday (March 14) between officials from Russia and Ukraine was held amid indications that prospects are improving for a negotiated ceasefire to a war that has killed tens of thousands, and created more than 2.5 million refugees.

"We see significant progress in the negotiations," said Mr Leonid Slutsky, a senior member of the Russian negotiating team.

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