Armed pro-Russian rebels take part in a Victory day parade rehearsal in Donetsk in the self-proclaimed Donetsk People's Republic on May 5. © AFP

Bloomberg: Rebels Hail Talks Breakthrough on Deadly Day for Ukraine Troops

The pro-Russian rebels fighting government forces in eastern Ukraine said they’d scored a “breakthrough” in talks after the country suffered its deadliest day since mid-April.

Ukraine agreed with Russia and the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe to establish four groups to hammer out a diplomatic solution to the war that has killed more than 6,100 people and devastated Ukraine’s economy. The groups met for the first time on Wednesday, OSCE representative Heidi Tagliavini said in Minsk, Belarus.


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