why it's crunch time for peace in Ukraine

February 10, 2015 12:16 AM

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MOSCOW: This is a critical week for Ukraine, as the White House deliberates whether to send arms, European leaders push for last-ditch peace talks, and war rages on the ground. More than 5300 people have died since the conflict started in April 2014, according to UN estimates, including hundreds in recent weeks. The German newspaper Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, citing German intelligence sources, reported on Sunday that the true death toll, of Ukrainian fighters and civilians, could be up to 50,000.

After months in which the fighting had calmed, the conflict began to burn again in early January and has only grown worse in recent weeks. Rebels have been capturing large new stretches of territory and have threatened to mobilise up to 100,000 people in their fight against Kiev's forces. Western le...

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