Ukraine to start national talks aimed at easing crisis

May 14, 2014 12:26 PM

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Ukraine to start national talks aimed at easing crisis

Donetsk, Ukraine (CNN) -- With the clock ticking down ahead of Ukraine's presidential elections, it's time to talk. But the pro-Russian separatists at the center of Ukraine's ongoing turmoil will not be at the table.

The roundtable talks scheduled to start Wednesday come only 11 days ahead of the elections -- and at a time when the uneasy standoff between Ukrainian security forces and militants seems increasingly volatile.

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