Poroshenko Hails Start of Russia Dialogue

BBC – Ukrainian President-elect Petro Poroshenko has hailed a meeting with Russia’s Vladimir Putin as a start of dialogue over the east Ukraine crisis.

Mr Poroshenko, who is to be inaugurated on Saturday, said he expected to be recognised soon by Moscow and that talks would start on Sunday.

Mr Putin welcomed Kiev’s approach, but said an immediate ceasefire was needed before negotiation began.

The two men met on the sidelines of D-Day commemorations in Normandy, France.

This was their first meeting since Mr Poroshenko’s election in May.

Separately US President Barack Obama spoke to Mr Putin of the need to de-escalate the situation in eastern Ukraine.

Fighting continues, with pro-Russian rebels reportedly shooting down a government aircraft near the rebel stronghold of Sloviansk on Friday.

An Ukrainian army spokesman told local media the plane was carrying aid supplies, but this cannot be independently verified.

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