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Ukraine peace talks overshadowed by fighting

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 01:04

The leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine hold peace talks in Belarus, as fighting between pro-Moscow separatists and Ukrainian troops intensifies. Vanessa Johnston reports.

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Residents of Kramatorsk in eastern Ukraine say they're still in shock after a rocket attack killed at least 15 civilians Tuesday, ....as pro-Russian separatists tighten pressure on Kiev by launching some of the war's worst fighting. One woman has already packed her bags. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) REFUGEE FROM DONETSK WHO MOVED TO KRAMATORSK, ANNA, SAYING: "We are from Donetsk and we moved here hoping it will be better, but it's not better. Now we are going wherever the road takes us." On Wednesday, leaders of France, Germany, Russia, and Ukraine begin peace talks in the Belarussian capital Minsk. The West has accused Russia of supplying pro-Moscow separatists with men and weapons -- a charge Russia denies. As Washington debates whether to arm Ukrainian troops, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Francois Hollande are hoping their joint proposal can finally halt the fighting... ...in a conflict that has already killed more than 5,000 people.

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Ukraine peace talks overshadowed by fighting

Thursday, February 12, 2015 - 01:04