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Fighting in Ukraine pauses to allow evacuation of besieged town
Fighting in Ukraine pauses to allow evacuation of besieged town

European leaders took their case for a negotiated resolution of the nearly yearlong Ukraine conflict to the Kremlin on Friday as fighting paused briefly to allow hundreds of trapped civilians to escape the latest battleground. German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande met for five hours with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Kremlin but gave no indication of whether progress was made toward ending warfare that has taken more than 5,300 lives since April. Putin’s spokesman Dmitry Peskov said a new proposal would be discussed among the Russian, Ukrainian and European leaders by phone on Sunday. The three leaders took a break after 90 minutes to...

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