Ukraine-Russia peace hopes rise as gas deal nears

Russia's President Vladimir Putin leaves after a multilateral meeting on the Ukraine's crisis on October 17, 2014 on the sidelines of the 10th ASEM summit in MilanMilan (AFP) – Ukraine reported progress Friday on its gas dispute with Russia, raising hopes of an EU-backed resolution of the broader conflict between the Soviet-era allies that has left 3,600 people dead since March.

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