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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