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Talks aimed at Ukraine peace deal get underway

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 As fighting rages in eastern Ukraine, the leaders of France, Germany, Russia and Ukraine are engaged in crucial peace talks in Belarus (BEHL'-uh-roos).

   The talks, arranged by the leaders of France and Germany, are aimed at reaching a deal to end the fighting between Ukrainian troops and Russian-backed separatists.

   After talking in private for several hours, the four leaders went into a broader meeting involving senior officials.

   Russia's ambassador to Belarus told The Associated Press that "some progress has been made," but wouldn't offer any details.

   The fighting, meanwhile, is claiming more lives. In the rebel-held city of Donetsk today, rebel officials said five people were killed and nine wounded in a shelling attack on a bus. And officials in Kiev say 19 troops were killed and dozens more were wounded in a day of fighting in an eastern Ukrainian city that is a key transportation hub.

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