Ukraine holds talks to end crisis, rebels not invited

May 14th, 2014  
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Topic: Ukraine holds talks to end crisis, rebels not invited

By Richard Balmforth KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's interim leaders on Wednesday pushed a plan to allow the regions a greater say over their affairs, but the exclusion of separatists from round table talks cast doubt over whether the move could defuse the crisis. The talks brought together politicians and civil groups in an effort to quell a pro-Russian rebellion in the industrialized Donbass region of eastern Ukraine, which has triggered fears of a break-up of the former Soviet republic. They came at a tense moment for Kiev. Voters in the eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk backed self-rule in two referendums held on Sunday despite protestations from Kiev, which sees Russia's hand behind the rebellion and denounced the votes as illegal.


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