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Putin to meet Ukrainian president in Minsk

Ukrainian soldiers load a Grad missile during fighting with pro-Russian separatists close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Dozens of civilians were killed Monday when separatist rebels shelled a convoy of refugees trying to flee war-torn eastern Ukraine, a top Ukrainian official said. A top rebel chief said no such attack had occurred. (AP Photo/Petro Zadorozhnyy) -
Ukrainian soldiers load a Grad missile during fighting with pro-Russian separatists close to Luhansk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Aug. 18, 2014. Dozens of civilians were killed Monday when separatist rebels shelled a convoy of refugees trying to flee war-torn eastern Ukraine, a top Ukrainian official said. A top rebel chief said no such attack had occurred. (AP Photo/Petro Zadorozhnyy)
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By The Associated Press

MOSCOW - The Kremlin says President Vladimir Putin will meet with his Ukrainian counterpart at an Aug. 26 meeting in Minsk, Belarus.

In a statement published on its website Tuesday, the Kremlin said Putin would meet with the Ukrainian president, as well as officials from the European Commission and the Eurasian Customs Union, which is comprised of Russia, Kazakhstan, and Belarus.

Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko, who confirmed the news in a statement, said that "stabilizing the situation" in eastern Ukraine would be a key topic of discussion.

Putin and Poroshenko have not met since early June. The death toll in fighting between pro-Russian rebels and Kyiv's forces in eastern Ukraine has claimed more than 2,000 lives.

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