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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A child looks from inside a bus in Odessa, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Pro-Russian separatists in Eastern Ukraine held a referendum Sunday and claimed that about 90 percent of those who voted in Donetsk and Luhansk backed sovereignty. The two regions declared independence on Monday and insurgents in Donetsk even asked to join Russia. (AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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