Russia issues demands for Ukraine ahead of talks

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Russia claimed Monday ahead of a third round of peace talks that it will cease military operations "in a moment" if Ukraine agrees to meet a list of demands, Reuters reports.

Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said Ukraine must stop fighting, amend its constitution to guarantee neutrality, formally cede Crimea to Russia, and recognize the independence of the Russian-backed breakaway republics in eastern Ukraine.

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