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Wednesday, 27 August 2014 - 9:02
Ukraine crisis: Poroshenko and Putin hold direct talks
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The Ukrainian and Russian presidents have held their first direct talks on the crisis in eastern Ukraine, but there appears to be no breakthrough.

Ukraine's leader Petro Poroshenko said a "roadmap" would be prepared as soon as possible to end fighting between Ukrainian troops and separatists.

Vladimir Putin said Russia would assist a dialogue, but stopping the fighting was a matter for Ukraine itself.

Ukraine accuses Russia of arming the rebels, a claim denied by the Kremlin.

Prior to their one-to-one meeting in Belarusian capital Minsk, the two leaders also took part in discussions with the EU's top diplomat Catherine Ashton.

The summit comes after 10 Russian soldiers were seized in Ukraine's east.

More than 2,000 people have died in fighting between Ukrainian forces and separatists in Donetsk and Luhansk.

The two regions declared independence from Kiev following Russia's annexation of the southern Crimean peninsula from Ukraine in March.
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