Progress cited on Ukraine

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BER­LIN — The lead­ers of Rus­sia, Ukraine, Ger­many and France agreed Wed­nes­day on a ‘road map’ aimed at re­viv­ing the stalled peace process in east­ern Ukraine, though de­tails of the plan still need to be worked out by the coun­tries’ for­eign min­is­ters over the com­ing month.

Ger­man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel had in­vited Pres­i­dents Vladimir Putin of Rus­sia, Petro Poroshenko of Ukraine and Fran­cois Hol­lande of France to Ber­lin for the first four-way talks in over a year, in­sist­ing that while ma­jor progress was un­likely it was im­por­tant for top-tier ne­go­ti­a­tions to con­tinue.

“I’m con­vinced it was right to re­open the chan­nel of talks at this level again,” Merkel said after the meet­ing. She con­ceded that the four “didn’t achieve mir­a­cles” but main­tained the talks were nec­es­sary “in or­der not to lose mo­men­tum.”

Also dis­cussed was the cre­ation of so-called dis­en­gage­ment ar­eas to sep­a­rate the war­ring par­ties, as well as mea­sures to im­prove the hu­man­i­tar­ian sit­u­a­tion i n east­ern Ukraine, Merkel said.

Ukraine’s pres­i­dent said an agree­ment had been reached that the road map should be adopted by the end of Novem­ber. Poroshenko was quoted by Rus­sian news agen­cies as say­ing it would in­clude all se­cu­rity is­sues, in­clud­ing restora­tion of Ukraine’s con­trol of its en­tire bor­der with Rus­sia.

The road map is part of an ef­fort to im­ple­ment the so-called Minsk Agree­ment of Fe­bru­ary 2015 on end­ing the con­flict, in which more than 9,600 peo­ple have been killed.

Poroshenko was also quoted as say­ing that an agree­ment was reached on the de­ploy­ment of an armed po­lice mis­sion in the ar­eas held by proRus­sian sep­a­ratists.


Ty­phoon hits Philip­pines: A Filipino woman prays for pro­tec­tion from Su­per Ty­phoon Haima. Haima slammed into the north­east­ern Philip­pine coast Wed­nes­day with fe­ro­cious winds and rain that rekin­dled mem­o­ries of cat­a­strophic Ty­phoon Haiyan in 2013.

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