Latest News Wires Putin calls for talks on east Ukraine 'statehood' (+video)

Putin's spokesman said that this was not an endorsement of rebel independence, and said that 'New Russia,' a term pro-Moscow rebels use for their territory, should remain part of Ukraine.

By , Reuters

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on Sunday for immediate talks on "statehood" for southern and eastern Ukraine, although his spokesman said this did not mean Moscow now endorsed rebel calls for independence for territory they have seized.