Live Blog: Crisis In Ukraine (Archive)
June 09, 2014
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.
This ends our live-blogging as of June 9, for coverage of the ongoing crisis in Ukraine from June 10, see here.
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)
Latest on talks on Poroshenko peace plan:
Ukrainian volunteers have been risking their lives to deliver supplies to troops fighting separatists in the country's restive east. RFE/RL correspondent Levko Stek traveled with one of these "war couriers" and files this report: On The Road With Volunteers Supplying Ukrainian Troops
The latest report from the OSCE monitors in Ukraine. "Mostly calm" seems to be the main theme.
The chairwoman of the U.S. Congressional Ukrainian Caucus, Representative Marcy Kaptur (Democrat-Ohio), says continued targeted sanctions against the Russian elite will prove effective in making Moscow change its Ukraine policy. The congresswoman spoke with RFE/RL's Ukrainian Service in Kyiv, where she attended the June 7 inauguration of Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko.