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Russia appeals for an immediate end to use of force in southeast Ukraine

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Russia appeals for the immediate halt of punitive operations and use of force, withdrawal of troops, and resolution of the various problems through peaceful means alone.

President Vladimir Putin welcomes the first contacts between Kiev and supporters of federalisation, seeking to establish direct dialogue in which all parties concerned should take part.

Furthermore, following completion of the spring military training programmes that involved troop redeployment and exercises at test grounds in Rostov, Belgorod and Bryansk regions, Mr Putin sent the order to the Defence Minister for troops that took part in these exercises to return to their usual garrisons and continue their training at neighbouring test grounds.

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