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Putin: cease-fire in Ukraine should be extended

June 24, 2014
Associated Press

MOSCOW (AP) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says that the weeklong cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president should be extended and accompanied by talks between the government and the rebels.

Putin said on a trip to Vienna Tuesday that the seven-day cease-fire Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Friday wasn't enough.

He added that the end of hostilities must be accompanied by talks.

Putin's statement came as a Ukrainian government spokesman said that a military helicopter was shot down in Slovyansk.

Vladislav Seleznev, a spokesman for the Ukrainian operation against the insurgents in the east, was quoted by the Interfax news agency as saying that the Mi-8 helicopter was shot down over rebel-controlled area.



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