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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Pro-Russian insurgents with the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic man a checkpoint by the Karl Marx coal mine seen in the background near Korsun, a small town about 30 km north-east from Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. The words on the wall of barricades read " No fascism". The Donetsk People's Republic has proclaimed independence from Ukraine after a contentious autonomy referendum Sunday that has been rejected by the government and the international community. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko)
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Original article: Ukraine begins peace talks _ without separatists

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