Russia-backed rebels line up in front of tanks during the withdrawal of weapons near Novoazovsk, eastern Ukraine, Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Max Black)
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As Vladimir Putin's bombing campaign in Syria enters a fourth week, Ukrainian officials are increasingly hopeful the country's cease-fire with pro-Russian separatists will lead to a lasting peace.If the accord holds, Ukraine will meet one of Russia's key demands – passing constitutional changes giving regions more autonomy – but probably not until December, when Putin's intentions become more clear, Lozhkin said.Putin's annexation of Crimea in March 2014 was followed by an uprising in the mainly Russian-speaking eastern regions of Donetsk and Luhansk that's left more than 8,000 people dead and displaced more than 1.5 million, according to United Nations and Ukrainian government estimates.The embattled regions won't vote in local elections to be held across Ukraine Sunday.Once that happens, Ukraine will be able to take back control of its Russian border with the help of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe.Poroshenko knows Putin too well to ever let his guard down, according to Lozhkin.
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