Ukraine begins peace talks _ without separatists

European-backed peace talks on ending Ukraine's crisis began with little promise Wednesday when pro-Russian insurgents -- who weren't even invited to the session -- demanded that the Kiev government recognize their sovereignty.

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An armed pro-Russian man checks a car at the barricades on a road leading into Slovyansk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pro-Russian insurgents, who have seized government buildings and clashed with government forces during the past month, held Sunday's referendum, which Ukraine's acting president called a "sham" and Western governments said violated international law. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)
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Original article: Ukraine begins peace talks _ without separatists

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