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The debris of war in Ukraine

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 01:26

As residents clear the debris of war in eastern Ukraine, Russia's Lavrov hopes peace talks will begin soon. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Assessing the damage in eastern Ukraine. A center to help children with cerebral palsy is shattered. After residents in Donetsk reported overnight shelling, they move to clear the debris of war. Officials maintain that a ceasefire agreed to between government forces and pro-Russian separatists is still broadly holding. Now Russia's foreign Minister Lavrov says it's time to move on to the next step. (SOUNDBITE) (Russian) RUSSIAN FOREIGN MINISTER SERGEI LAVROV, SAYING: "As for the talks on the status of the south-east of the country, the protocol that was signed in Minsk makes provisions for such steps. We hope that these talks will start soon." With the EU still weighing implementation of new sanctions against Russia, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier is calling on Russia to take action. (SOUNDBITE) (German) GERMANY FOREIGN MINISTER FRANK-WALTER SAYING: "I do think that Russia must play its part in the implementation of the ceasefire. Part of it is that all Russian fighters and weapons still on Ukrainian territory must be withdrawn as per the agreement with Ukraine. And the international community will keep an eye on that." The ceasefire in Ukraine is part of a peace plan intended to end a five-month conflict that the UN says has killed more than 3,000 people.

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The debris of war in Ukraine

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 - 01:26