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Ukraine, pro-Russia rebels to restart peace talks

Dec 18, 2014    

Kiev: Ukraine's pro-European leaders and Kremlin-backed rebels agreed today to hold long-delayed peace talks, as Russia reeled from a currency crisis and faced still more sanctions from the West.Sunday's meeting in the Belarussian capital Minsk was announced hours after German Chancellor Angela Merkel placed a late-night call to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin. Their first reported exchange in weeks was later joined by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko and his French counterpart Francois Hollande.Western powers have noted a recent diplomatic softening from Russia that coincides with the on...

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