Leaders in Minsk spend night in crucial Ukraine peace talks; differences still remain

February 12, 2015 6:15 AM

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MINSK, Belarus – Marathon talks on ending the war in Ukraine lasted through the night into the 14th hour on Thursday as the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany sought to untangle a complicated skein of military and political issues.

More than 5,300 people have died since April in the fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in two eastern provinces and the bloodshed rose sharply in recent weeks.

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