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Ukraine must stop "punitive" military operation: Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin, center, arrives for the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day in Ouistreham, western France, after being greeted by French President Francois Hollande, left, Friday, June 6, 2014. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, Pool)

DEAUVILLE, France: Russian President Vladimir Putin said on Friday that he welcomed plans put forward by Ukrainian president-elect Petro Poroshenko, with whom he had a brief initial meeting earlier, to stop the violence in Ukraine.

However, he also said Ukraine must stop what he called a "punitive" military operation in its southeast region and warned Russia would retaliate with measures to protect its economy if Kiev signed an association pact with the European Union.

 

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