Mediators blame Ukraine rebels over talks

Jul 16, 2014, 7:13 AM EDT
Pro-Russian separatist fighters take positions outside the Donetsk airport, the scene of an hours-long battle between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces, on May 26, 2014 in Donetsk Ukraine.
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International mediators have accused pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine of lacking willingness to reach a truce with the government. The Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) spoke out after a planned video conference call failed to take place on Tuesday. Fighting continues, with the government saying six soldiers died overnight. EU leaders are expected to expand sanctions against Russia at their summit in Brussels on Wednesday.

Background:

Ukraine conflict: Mediators blame rebels over talks [BBC]

U.S. tells Ukraine it's working with Europe on more Russia sanctions [Kyiv Post]