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Ukraine peace talks collapse, Kiev and separatists trade blame

Sunday, February 01, 2015 - 01:17

Peace talks on Ukraine collapse after just hours with no tangible progress towards a new ceasefire. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Envoys from both sides of the Ukraine peace talks leave negotiations just over four hours after they begin. The talks in the Belarus capitol, Minsk, have collapsed and there's no tangible progress towards a new ceasefire. Instead, representatives from the Ukrainian government as well as the separatists envoys -- like the two seen here -- accuse each other of sabotaging the meetings. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) SELF-PROCLAIMED DONETSK PEOPLE'S REPUBLIC REPRESENTATIVE, DENIS PUSHILIN, SAYING: "We need a dialogue, not Ukraine's monologue, and we need the absence of their ultimatums and some positions that would be acceptable for all sides." A Ukrainian official complained it was the REBELS who made the ultimatums and refused to discuss measures for a quick ceasefire. Whatever took place in these short talks, the outcome dashes hopes that the nine-months of fighting between government forces and pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine will end anytime soon. The conflict -- the gravest crisis between Russia and the West since the cold war -- has claimed 5,000 lives, forced one million to flee, and left residents of cities like Donetsk struggling to find bare necessities. Ukraine's former president, who was the lead envoy at the talks, is awaiting reaction from Russia to the collapse of negotiations.

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Ukraine peace talks collapse, Kiev and separatists trade blame

Sunday, February 01, 2015 - 01:17