Ukraine says Russia withdrawing forces from east, sees boost for peace




 
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September 10th, 2014  
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Topic: Ukraine says Russia withdrawing forces from east, sees boost for peace


By Pavel Polityuk and Gareth Jones KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine's president said on Wednesday Russia had removed the bulk of its forces from his country, raising hopes for a peace drive now underway after five months of conflict in which more than 3,000 people have been killed. Moscow denies sending troops into eastern Ukraine to support pro-Russian rebels battling Ukrainian forces, despite what Kiev and its Western backers say is overwhelming evidence to the contrary. Moscow also denies arming the separatists. President Petro Poroshenko told a televised cabinet meeting Ukraine would remain a sovereign, united country under the terms of a peace roadmap approved last Friday, but said parts of the east under rebel control would get special status.




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