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Russian, Ukrainian, German, French FMs Start Ukraine Talks In Paris

Foreign ministers from Russia, Ukraine, Germany, and France have started talks in Paris on ways to halt the 15-month war in eastern Ukraine.

Fighting between Ukrainian government forces and pro-Russian separatists has killed more than 6,400 people in Ukraine's Donetsk and Luhansk regions since April 2014.

A German- and French-brokered cease-fire deal signed in Minsk in February has proven extremely shaky, with sporadic clashes continuing in parts of the conflict zone.

Ahead of the closed-door meeting on June 23, German Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier said recent deaths show that "the cease-fire isn't just fragile but that the daily violations are becoming more frequent."

"Without a cease-fire, all the other factors won't come together," he warned.

Based on reporting by AFP, TASS, and Interfax