Ukraine-Russia Peace Talks Drag on Through Night in Minsk, Belarus – NBCNews.com
MINSK, Belarus — Marathon talks on ending the war in Ukraine lasted through the night and into early Thursday as the leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany sought to untangle military and political issues.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko was quoted by the RIA news agency early Thursday as saying there was “no good news yet” from the talks.
More than 5,300 people have died since April in the fighting between Ukrainian forces and Russia-backed separatists in two eastern provinces and the bloodshed rose sharply in recent weeks. Despite the ongoing talks, both rebels and government troops reported fighting across eastern Ukraine.
As President Barack Obama considers rising calls at home for sending U.S. lethal aid to Ukraine, European leaders fear that would only aggravate the fight. Russia, meanwhile, faces a severe economic downturn driven in part by sanctions the West has imposed for supporting the separatists with troops and equipment, which Russia vehemently denies it is doing.
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