Separatists hold their fire in Ukraine’s east amid peace talks led by Kuchma in Donetsk (VIDEO)

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June 23, 2014, 9:21 p.m. | Ukraine | Politics — by Christopher J. Miller

Alexander Borodai, the self-proclaimed prime minister of the Donetsk People's Republic, took part in peace talks on June 23 in Donetsk.

Christopher J. Miller

American Christopher J. Miller was a Kyiv Post editor from 2013-2014. He now works for Mashable as a senior foreign correspondent. A former U.S. Peace Corps volunteer (Artemivsk in Donetsk Oblast, 2010-2012), he can be reached at

ARTEMIVSK, Ukraine – Ukraine’s National Defense and Security Council said on June 23 that Kremlin-backed gunmen in the country’s embattled east ceased fire as peace talks between a former president, a close ally of Russian President Vladimir Putin, separatist leaders and European officials got under way in Donetsk.

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