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David Cameron and Putin to meet at D-Day event for Ukraine talks

By Joe Churcher

David Cameron is to meet the Russian President for face-to-face talks over the Ukraine crisis, Downing Street has said.

The Prime Minister will sit down with Vladimir Putin after the two leaders attend commemorations of the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings in Normandy on Friday.

The talks will take place the day after Mr Cameron, US President Barack Obama and other G7 leaders meet in Brussels for a summit at which Russia's annexation of Crimea and the ongoing hostilities in the east of Ukraine will be high on the agenda.

The meeting was hastily arranged after they decided to boycott a planned summit of the G8 – which includes Russia – that Mr Putin was due to host in Sochi this week.

Meanwhile, hundreds of pro-Russia insurgents mounted an assault on a border-guard base in eastern Ukraine yesterday, with some firing rocket-propelled grenades from the roof of a nearby residential building and prompting the deployment of air support by government forces.

At least five rebels were killed when the guards returned fire, a border-guard spokesman said.

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