Top envoys urge new Ukraine truce talks as battles rage

A pro-Russia rebel walks past shrapnel at a seperatist checkpoint in Dyakovsky, Ukraine, on July 2, 2014Russia and Ukraine’s foreign ministers agreed in Berlin on Wednesday that new ceasefire talks should be held this week, as government forces battled pro-Moscow insurgents in the ex-Soviet state. German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier had hastily convened the crisis meeting, also involving his French counterpart Laurent Fabius, warning that unless truce talks resume, the country could face “an explosion of violence”. The latest clashes came after Ukraine’s President Petro Poroshenko ripped up a 10-day truce, which Kiev says the insurgents broke over 100 times at the cost of 30 lives.

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