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Ashton wants to 'secure Ukraine's territorial integrity'

The European Union's foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton says she wants to ensure Ukraine can safeguard its territorial integrity.

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Catherine Ashton is attending talks aimed at resolving the crisis in Ukraine. Credit: PA Wire

Speaking at the start of high-level talks in Minsk, Ashton said she wanted to "try and support the people of Ukraine to find peace and security, to ensure that they are able to enjoy territorial integrity".

She said Ukraine needed a "future that is economically viable" with "growing and good relations with the neighbours."

Earlier, Russian president Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's Petro Poroshenko shook hands at the meeting - their first since June.

Russia's Putin and Ukraine's Poroshenko shake hands

Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko shake hands.
Russian President Vladimir Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko shake hands.

Russia's President Vladimir Putin and Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko have shaken hands and posed for a photograph together at the start of high-level talks in Minsk over the Ukraine crisis.

It is the first time the two presidents have met since June.

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Poroshenko: I hope meeting with Putin will bring peace

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the Minsk summoit.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko at the Minsk summoit. Credit: RTV

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has said that peace in Ukraine could be the result of a meeting today with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Minsk summit.

"I sincerely hope that the result of today's meeting - and I think it won't be the only meeting, just the first one - will be peace," He said.

"The Bible says that peacemakers are blessed, so if we with our colleagues are able to reach an agreement today which would bring peace to Ukrainian land I think it would be a pivotal event."

Putin arrives in Belarus ahead of summit meeting

Russian President Vladimir Putin has arrived in Belarus ahead of a summit with Ukraine and members of the European Union.

Russian President Vladimir Putin gets into a car.
Russian President Vladimir Putin waves upon his arrival at an airport outside Minsk. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenko

Putin and his Ukrainian counterpart Petro Poroshenko are expected to hold rare talks on the ongoing Ukraine crisis during the summit.

Russian helicopters 'killed four Ukraine border guards'

Ukraine has claimed Russian Mi-24 helicopters attacked a border post in the Luhansk region yesterday killing four border guards.

Yesterday, during the day, at the border post of Krasnatalovka, Russian Mi-24 helicopters attacked Ukrainian border guards.

As a result of the attack, four guards were killed, three were injured.

– Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko speaking to Reuters

Ukraine: Captured Russian soldiers 'on special mission'

Ukraine has said Russian soldiers captured after crossing the border were on a "special mission," contradicting a Russian defence ministry source's claim that it was accidental, Reuters reported.

"This wasn't a mistake, but a special mission they were carrying out," Ukrainian military spokesman Andriy Lysenko said.

Lysenko also claimed that pro-Russian separatists were attacking the southeastern border town of Novoazovsk "at this very minute."

He added that 12 Ukrainian service members had been killed during fighting in the past 24 hours.

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Video purportedly shows captured Russian paratroopers

Ukraine security officials have released a video they claim shows captured Russian paratroopers.
Ukraine security officials have released a video they claim shows captured Russian paratroopers. Credit: RTV

Ukraine security officials have released a video they claim shows Russian paratroopers that were captured after crossing the border.

The men all wear camouflage fatigues in the footage.
The men all wear camouflage fatigues in the footage. Credit: RTV

One of the men, who identified himself as Ivan Milchakov, said, "I did not see where we crossed the border. They just told us we were going on a 70 km (45-mile) march over three days."

The video was posted on the official Facebook page of the Ukrainian government's 'anti-terrorist operation'.
The video was posted on the official Facebook page of the Ukrainian government's 'anti-terrorist operation'. Credit: RTV

"Everything is different here, not like they show it on television. We've come as cannon fodder," he said in the video.

A military source told Russian news agencies that a group of soldiers had crossed the border by accident.
A military source told Russian news agencies that a group of soldiers had crossed the border by accident. Credit: RTV

Another man in the footage, who gave his name as Sergeant Andrei Generalov, reportedly said, "Stop sending in our boys. Why? This is not our war."

Ukraine president arrives in Belarus ahead of summit

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko has arrived in Belarus ahead of a summit with Russia and members of the European Union.

Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko takes part in a traditional bread and salt ceremony upon his arrival at an airport outside Minsk.
Ukraine's President Petro Poroshenko takes part in a traditional bread and salt ceremony upon his arrival at an airport outside Minsk. Credit: REUTERS/Vasily Fedosenk

Russian President Vladimir Putin and Poroshenko are expected to hold rare talks on the ongoing Ukraine crisis during the summit.

Russian paratroopers 'captured in east Ukraine'

Ukraine's security service says its army has captured ten Russian paratroopers in the east of the country, the Agence France-Presse news agency reports.

The organisation said the servicemen were now being questioned as part of a criminal probe after being discovered on Ukrainian soil near the village of Dzerkalne, about 30 miles south-east of rebel stronghol Donetsk.

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