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Ukraine president, separatists predict cease-fire but with big 'ifs'
Ukraine president, separatists predict cease-fire but with big 'ifs'

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and leaders of the pro-Russia separatists in eastern Ukraine on Thursday professed readiness for a cease-fire on condition that the other side effectively surrender what it has been fighting for at the cost of thousands of lives. Expectations of a breakthrough toward ending the 5-month-old war were boosted a day earlier by Russian President Vladimir Putin's proposed seven-point peace plan, starting with the withdrawal of Ukrainian government troops from the two eastern regions seized by the separatists in April. Poroshenko's own formula for ending the conflict, which he unveiled during his June 7 inauguration speech, requires that the...

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