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Fighting Strains Ukraine Ceasefire, Putin Urges Dialogue

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June 23, 2014 AT 1:13 PM
Officials from both Russia and Ukraine reported on Sunday that fighting flared between Ukrainian and pro-Moscow separatist forces, further straining a unilateral ceasefire declared by Ukraine, as Russian President Vladimir Putin pressed Kiev to talk to the rebels. Pro-Russian separatist Bakhtiyar Kamalov expressed utter disbelief that such a ceasefire was in place: Putin and Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, at separate ceremonies marking the anniversary of Nazi Germany's invasion of the Soviet Union, both stressed the need to bring peace to Ukraine's rebellious east.