Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in Donetsk

January 30, 2015 2:47 PM

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Ukraine peace talks aborted as civilians die in Donetsk

MINSK/DONETSK, Ukraine (Reuters) - Civilians were killed on both sides in heavy fighting in eastern Ukraine on Friday, while an attempt to reopen peace talks in neighboring Belarus was aborted before it began.

Two rebel delegates flew to the Belarus capital Minsk, only to announce that talks would not take place on Friday and they were flying back to Moscow. Any talks would be the first since a five-month-old ceasefire collapsed with a new rebel advance last week.

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