Putin backs Ukraine cease-fire, warns talks needed

June 21, 2014 7:30 PM

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KIEV, Ukraine (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin expressed support Saturday for Ukraine's unilateral cease-fire in its battle against pro-Russian separatists and appealed to both sides to halt all military operations.

But he warned that Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko's blueprint for peace would not be viable without action to start peace negotiations.

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