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Putin demands Kiev open 'statehood' talks with eastern Ukraine
Putin demands Kiev open 'statehood' talks with eastern Ukraine

Russian President Vladimir Putin demanded Sunday that the Ukrainian government cease battling separatists in the country’s east and immediately begin negotiations on the breakaway region’s “statehood,” according to Russian news accounts of his remarks. His spokesman, Dmitry Peskov, later clarified that Putin didn’t mean to imply that the eastern Ukrainian territory under separatist control would become part of Russia, but that its status within Ukraine had to be revised to give the Russian-speaking region the power to protect its rights and interests. But Putin’s call upon the Kiev government to negotiate with the pro-Russia insurgents as equals...

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