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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German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier gestures while speaking to Odessa governor Igor Palitsa during a meeting in Odessa, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Germany’s foreign minister tried to broker a quick launch of talks between Ukraine’s central government and pro-Russia separatists yet Ukraine was skeptical Tuesday and fighting claimed six more lives in the restive east. (AP Photo/(AP Photo/Vadim Ghirda)
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