Ukraine And Russia Meet At D-Day Event

Ukraine’s President-elect Petro Poroshenko has met his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin for informal talks on the sidelines of the D-Day commemorations in France.

In their eagerly anticipated contact, theydiscussed how Russia could recognise the Ukrainian elections, and a possible ceasefire, according to an official at French President Francois Hollande’s office.

The brief interaction, which some reports said was as short as one minute while others said lasted 15 minutes, took place after world leaders gathered for a group photograph.

After the photo, PetroPoroshenko, Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel remained outside as they talked.

No plans have been announced for a formal meeting between the two despite a week of intense diplomacy aimed at resolving the crisis in Ukraine.

The talk is the first meeting between the two leaders since Mr Poroshenko was elected.

Mr Putin has held meetings with Prime Minister David Cameron, Mrs Merkel and French President Francois Hollande this week to discuss sanctions imposed on Russia after it annexed the Crimean peninsula.

It comes after 15 pro-Russian rebels were killed in clashes at a border crossing on Thursday.

Anton Herashchenko, an aide to the Ukrainian interior minister, said border guards clashed with armed men who approached the border in trucks from the Russian side of the border close to the village of Marynivka.

Five Ukrainian soldiers were also injured during the clashes.

Parts of the border in eastern Ukraine were closed after the border clash.

Officials have claimed more than 200 people have died in fighting between Ukraine government troops and pro-Russian rebels in recent weeks.

6 June 2014 | 1:21 pm – Source: orange.co.uk
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