Two days of meetings between Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko’s new government and Russian officials have ended with what Ukraine is describing as an “understanding” on a peace plan for their common border.
Exactly what was understood remains unclear, as details were scant, but Ukrainian officials say that the two sides agreed on “key stages” of a plan to deescalate violence in the Donetsk and Luhansk Oblasts.
Russia had been keen for a deal to end fighting in the area, and has been criticial of Ukraine’s interim government for invading the oblasts after protesters there declared themselves independent “Peoples Republics.” President Poroshenko, inaugurated over the weekend, also seems more willing than his predecessors to make some sort of deal.
Talks between Russia and Ukraine centered not only on the Donetsk uprising, but on the ongoing gas dispute between Russian giant Gazprom and Ukraine’s state-run natural gas company, which is billions of dollars in debt to them.
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