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Ukraine: Ceasefire discussed

A statement said Russia and Ukraine leaders discussed a possible ceasefire in eastern Ukraine.

FILE:Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during an interview with major French media outlets Agence France-Presse (AFP) and France 2 television in Sochi on 7 June 2010. Picture: AFP.

MOSCOW - Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart, Petro Poroshenko, discussed a possible ceasefire in eastern Ukraine and the deaths of two Russian journalists there in a late night telephone conversation, the Kremlin said.

The conversation "touched on the theme of a possible ceasefire in the area of military action in southeastern Ukraine", the Kremlin said in a statement.

It also said Putin had expressed his concern over the deaths of two Russian state television journalists, who were killed in shelling in clashes between Ukrainian forces and pro-Russian separatists near the eastern city of Luhansk.

Poroshenko expressed his condolences and assured Putin there would be an investigation and measures would be taken to protect journalists.