Putin calls West's bluff over Ukraine peace deal

February 18, 2015 7:36 PM

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MOSCOW (Reuters) - Vladimir Putin has called Europe's bluff over east Ukraine as Russia-backed separatists seize a strategic town in defiance of a ceasefire brokered by France and Germany.

The attack on Debaltseve by rebels loyal to the Russian president amounts to a test of the West's resolve to stand up to him - at the risk of an escalation of the conflict.

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