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, left, shakes hands with acting Ukrainian President Oleksandr Turchynov during a meeting in Kiev, Ukraine, Tuesday, May 13, 2014. Steinmeier flew to Ukraine to help start talks between the Ukrainian government and its foes following the declaration of independence by two eastern regions. (AP Photo/Sergei Chuzavkov)
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Original article: Ukraine begins peace talks _ without separatists

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