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Putin: cease-fire in Ukraine should be extended

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The weeklong cease-fire declared by the Ukrainian president should be extended and accompanied by talks between the government and the rebels, Russian President Vladimir Putin said today.

The seven-day cease-fire Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko announced Friday wasn’t enough, Putin said on a trip to Vienna, adding that the end of hostilities must be accompanied by talks.

Putin’s statement came as a Ukrainian government spokesman said that a military helicopter was shot down in Slovyansk despite assurances from pro-Russian rebels on…

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