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Rebels soften as talks start with Ukraine

Posted: September 2, 2014 at 4 a.m.

A mother and child hide in a bomb shelter in Petrovskiy district in Donetsk, eastern Ukraine, Monday, Sept. 1, 2014. The Petrovskiy district of Donetsk is currently a frontline and one of the districts which suffered the most from the artillery fights between Ukrainian army and Pro-Pussian rebels. (AP Photo/Mstislav Chernov)

MOSCOW -- Pro-Russia rebels softened their demand for full independence Monday, saying they would respect Ukraine's sovereignty in exchange for autonomy -- a shift that reflects Moscow's desire to strike a deal at a new round of peace talks.

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Pro-Russian rebel leader from eastern Ukraine Andrei Purgin arrives for the talks in Minsk, Belarus, Monday Sept. 1, 2014. A ... (Credit: AP)

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