National News

Putin to meet Ukrainian president in Minsk

Ukrainian soldiers load a Grad missile during fighting with pro-Russian separatists close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Dozens of civilians were killed Monday when separatist rebels shelled a convoy of refugees trying to flee war-torn eastern Ukraine, a top Ukrainian official said. A top rebel chief said no such attack had occurred. (AP Photo/Petro Zadorozhnyy) -
Ukrainian soldiers load a Grad missile during fighting with pro-Russian separatists close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Dozens of civilians were killed Monday when separatist rebels shelled a convoy of refugees trying to flee war-torn eastern Ukraine, a top Ukrainian official said. A top rebel chief said no such attack had occurred. (AP Photo/Petro Zadorozhnyy)
— image credit:

By The Associated Press

MOSCOW - The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart at an Aug. 26 meeting in Minsk, Belarus.

In a statement published on its website Tuesday, the Kremlin said Putin would meet with the Ukrainian president, as well as officials from the European Commission and the Eurasian Customs Union, which is comprised of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who confirmed the news in a statement, said that "stabilizing the situation" in eastern Ukraine would be a key topic of discussion.

Putin and Poroshenko have not met since early June. The death toll in fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Kyiv's forces in eastern Ukraine has claimed more than 2,000 lives.

We encourage an open exchange of ideas on this story's topic, but we ask you to follow our guidelines for respecting community standards. Personal attacks, inappropriate language, and off-topic comments may be removed, and comment privileges revoked, per our Terms of Use. Please see our FAQ if you have questions or concerns about using Facebook to comment.

You might like ...

Alberta stays lucky: couple win $30M lotto jackpot
 
Trustee candidates talk about education in Mission
 
China launches experimental moon orbiter
John York running for Cranbrook mayor
 
Top road racers take on Pioneer 8K
 
The Outdoor Guy

Community Events, October 2014

Add an Event

Read the latest eEdition

Browse the print edition page by page, including stories and ads.

Oct 23 edition online now. Browse the archives.