Ukrainian, Russian foreign ministers to hold peace talks in Paris

The foreign ministers of Ukraine and Russia were set to hold talks in Paris on Thursday in an effort to come closer to achieving peace in eastern Ukraine as Kiev struggles with a flare-up in political infighting.

The talks, brokered by the French and German foreign ministers, were expected to address Ukraine's ability to fulfill political stipulations of a fragile ceasefire agreement clinched last year for Ukraine's two eastern-most regions.

The ceasefire, agreed between the presidents of Russia and Ukraine in Minsk, included a requirement that Ukraine grant more autonomy to the two conflict-ridden regions, where pro-Russian separatists have been fighting Ukrainian national forces since mid-2014.

Turmoil in Ukraine's central government has put such stipulations in jeopardy, as the federal parliament is responsible for passing the pertinent legislation.

Last month, Ukraine's ruling coalition lost its legislative majority in parliament. President Petro Poroshenko called for Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk to resign, and the prime minister narrowly survived a vote to oust him.

More than 8,000 people have died in the Ukraine conflict, according to estimates by the United Nations. The conflict erupted after Ukraine ousted its former pro-Russian president amid mass protests calling for closer ties with the West.

Last update: Thu, 03/03/2016 - 13:37

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