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No fresh peace talks with pro-Russia forces: Ukraine

Iran Press TV

Fri Nov 14, 2014 3:53PM GMT

The Ukrainian government says it will not take part in any fresh negotiations with pro-Russia forces, who are pursuing autonomy in eastern Ukraine.

'There will be no Minsk-2. The agreements from Minsk-1 have not yet been met,' Ukrainian Security Advisor Markiyan Lubkivsky said on Friday.

The two mainly Russian-speaking regions of Donetsk and Luhansk in Ukraine have been the scene of deadly clashes between pro-Russia protesters and the Ukrainian army since Kiev's military operation started in mid-April in a bid to crush the protests.

Violence intensified in May after the two flashpoint regions held local referendums in which their residents voted overwhelmingly in favor of independence from Ukraine and joining the Russian Federation.

In September, former Ukrainian President Leonid Kuchma and pro-Russia forces' leaders, Igor Plotnitsky and Alexander Zakharchenko, signed a ceasefire in the Belarusian capital, Minsk. The fighting has, however, continued almost unabated, with each side accusing the other of violating the accord.

Also on Friday, a five-year-old girl was killed and her mother seriously wounded in a shelling in the eastern city of Luhansk. Ukraine's army says the mortars were shelled from positions held by pro-Russia fighters.

Elsewhere in Donetsk, Moscow-backed lawmakers are preparing to hold their first parliamentary meeting since elections in early November. Kiev and Western governments had called the vote illegal.

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