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Berlin talks bring Russia, Ukraine closer to resuming ceasefire

Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 01:10

The foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine agree to work towards resuming a ceasefire by starting three-way talks including pro-Russian separatists by this weekend. Natalie Thomas reports.

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Two days after the ending of the ceasefire in Ukraine, and the artillery is back out in force. This video obtained from Ukrainian military television showed artillery guns firing from a field near the Ukrainian city of Slaviansk, a pro-Russian separatist rebel stronghold. The content of this video cannot be independently verified. But there is hope now that a diplomatic solution to the crisis might be in sight. As the guns fired at home, the Ukrainian foreign minister was taking a walk with his Russian counterpart in the German capital Berlin. Russian Foreign Minister, Sergei Lavrov said they had agreed to work towards a mutually agreed ceasefire. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER, SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING (ACCORDING TO OFFICIAL ENGLISH TRANSLATION): "We are trying as best as we can to achieve a sustainable ceasefire. This is to be achieved by calling together the members of the contact group, hopefully in the next few days for a very first meeting." If all goes to plan, three way talks between Ukraine, Moscow and the rebels will begin by the weekend.

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Berlin talks bring Russia, Ukraine closer to resuming ceasefire

Thursday, July 03, 2014 - 01:10