Moscow: President Vladimir Putin unveiled a seven-point plan for peace in Ukraine which he said could be approved by rival sides in the conflict during talks scheduled for Friday, reports AFP. “In order to halt bloodletting and stabilise the situation in southeastern Ukraine” Putin called on both Kiev and pro-Russian separatists to quickly agree to implement his roadmap. The first point is a “halt to active offensive operations by military forces and armed rebel units” around the rebel strongholds of Donetsk and Lugansk, Putin said in televised comments. The roadmap also calls for a withdrawal by Ukrainian forces to positions from which they cannot shell cities, and a halt to airstrikes by Kiev’s military. The blueprint also calls for deploying international observers to monitor a ceasefire, the unconditional release of all prisoners, the establishment of corridors for refugees and humanitarian aid for Donetsk and Lugansk.

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