Russia's Putin calls for long-term Ukraine ceasefire, peace talks

MOSCOW, June 27 Fri Jun 27, 2014 5:49am EDT

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MOSCOW, June 27 (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Friday for a long-term ceasefire in Ukraine to allow talks between representatives of Kiev and eastern regions where rebels are waging an armed insurgency.

Putin also said during a diplomatic ceremony in the Kremlin that violence has forced tens of thousands of Ukrainians to seek refuge, including in Russia.

(Reporting by Maria Tsvetkova, writing by Thomas Grove, editing by Gabriela Baczynska)

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