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Putin wants cease-fire extended in Ukraine

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Russian President Vladimir Putin is asking for substantive talks between the Ukrainian government and separatists. (Source: FOX) Russian President Vladimir Putin is asking for substantive talks between the Ukrainian government and separatists. (Source: FOX)

LONDON (FOX) - Russian President Vladimir Putin is supporting a cease-fire proposed by his Ukrainian counterpart. But the U.S. warns it's actions, not words, that matter.

Putin appears willing to cool tensions with Ukraine.

He is asking Russia's parliament to cancel a resolution sanctioning military action in the neighboring country.

"It's the first step, an important step to address the situation and of course we need to see the real decision. But it's already an important step forward," said Pavlo Klimkin, Ukraine's foreign minister.

Putin also is calling for a weeklong cease-fire declared last Friday by Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko to be extended.

But he says more needs to be done for lasting peace to be reached.

"We hope that: a - the ceasefire will be extended; and b - that it will be used for substantive talks," Putin said.

Pro-Russian insurgents in eastern Ukraine agreed on Monday to the cease-fire, but both sides are accusing each other of violating the pact.

The United States is sanctioning Moscow for its role in the unrest, and warning of more punishment if Putin is not sincere in his calls for peace.

Washington is accusing Moscow of once again building up forces on the border and sending weapons to rebel fighters.

"What we're focused here on is not just the words of the Russian president, though we welcome them, but what we're focused on is the actions," said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

The administration says moving troops away from the border and calling for the separatists to abide by the cease-fire would show that Russia is truly interested in a peace settlement.

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