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France Proposes Leaders' Summit On Ukraine

French President Francois Hollande has proposed a meeting of the leaders of Germany, Russia, and Ukraine later this month as a cease-fire appeared to be largely holding in eastern Ukraine.

Hollande told reporters on September 7 that the talks could take place in Paris before the United Nations' General Assembly opens on September 28 "so that we can evaluate the [peace] process, where it's at."

“There has been progress in the last few weeks, he said. “The cease-fire has almost been respected."

Fighting between government forces and Russian-backed separatists in Ukraine’s east has claimed more than 6,500 people since April last year.

A truce agreement reached in Minsk in February has been regularly violated, but Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko said on September 5 that the deal had been observed for the first time for an entire week.

Based on reporting by AFP and Reuters