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Thursday 18 September 2014

Putin calls for peace in Ukraine

Published 18/07/2014 | 13:48

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Vladimir Putin has called for direct talks between Ukraine and pro-Russian insurgents (AP/Felipe Dana)

Russian president Vladimir Putin says all parties in the conflict in eastern Ukraine should lay down their arms and engage in talks as soon as possible after a passenger plane was shot down.

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Mr Putin said in comments carried by Russian news agencies that "peace in Ukraine must prevail as soon as possible" and called for direct talks between Kiev and pro-Russian insurgents.

Separatist rebels and Ukrainian government forces have been fighting each other for three months, killing more than 400 people and displacing tens of thousands.

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