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A woman carries a baby as she passes destroyed houses following what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces in the eastern town of Slovyansk on June 9.

A woman carries a baby as she passes destroyed houses following what locals say was overnight shelling by Ukrainian forces in the eastern town of Slovyansk on June 9.

Summary

Summary for June 9

-- Ukraine's Foreign Ministry says that Moscow and Kyiv have reached a "mutual understanding" on key parts of a plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.

-- Reports say up to 20 armed gunmen were trying to seize property from a factory (Topaz) that makes communications and electronic-warfare equipment in the Donetsk region.

-- A deputy foreign minister says Russia will consider any expansion of NATO forces near its borders a "demonstration of hostile intentions" and "take the necessary political and military-technological measures to support our security."

-- A two-man crew for Russian Zvezda TV arrived in Moscow after being released from detention in Ukraine.

-- Serbian officials say their own work on the Russian-backed South Stream gas pipeline will have to be suspended after Bulgaria stopped construction of its portion based on EU and U.S. concerns.

-- Ukrainian security forces are reportedly still battling pro-Russian separatists in the east near Slovyansk and Donetsk.

*NOTE: Times are stated according to local time in Kyiv
22:48 9.6.2014
This ends our live-blogging as of June 9, for coverage of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine from June 10, see here.
22:02 9.6.2014
20:54 9.6.2014
As our news desk reports, Ukraine says mutual understanding reached with Russia:
Ukraine's Foreign Ministry says that Moscow and Kyiv have reached a "mutual understanding" on key parts of a plan proposed by President Petro Poroshenko for ending violence in separatist-controlled eastern Ukraine.

A ministry' statement on June 9 gave no other details after a second successive day of talks of a "contact group" consisting of Russia, Ukraine, and the OSCE.

Russia did not immediately comment.

The two sides on June 8 conducted the first of what Poroshenko said should be daily negotiations involving an OSCE representative.

The OSCE, whose rotating presidency is currently held by Switzerland, said Swiss diplomat Heidi Tagliavini was its representative in the negotiations.

Poroshenko said after the June 8 meeting that "we must end the fighting this week."

Meanwhile, Ukrainian forces traded fire on June 9 with pro-Russian separatists who control the eastern Ukrainian city of Slovyansk. (Reuters and AP)

20:11 9.6.2014
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