Ukraine local polls postponed to ensure 'undisputed' vote

Russian President Vladimir Putin (left) and French President Francois Hollande meet for talks at the Elysee Palace in Paris on October 2, 2015The leaders of Russia, Ukraine, France and Germany agreed to delay contentious local elections in Ukraine to ensure that they meet international standards, despite fighting having all but stopped in the country’s separatist east. Rival elections planned by Kiev and the Russia-backed rebel regions have also proved a major sticking point in implementing a peace deal agreed in Minsk in February. French President Francois Hollande and German Chancellor Angela Merkel addressed the press after the summit, saying the leaders had agreed that a rebel vote planned in the east on October 18 could not go ahead.

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