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Putin Calls on Separatists in E. Ukraine to Postpone Secession Referendum

Russian President Vladimir Putin has urged pro-Russian separatists in eastern Ukraine to postpone a referendum on secession set for Sunday.Speaking Wednesday after meeting in Moscow with the head of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (Didier Burkhalter), Mr. Putin said he was making the request in order to "create the necessary conditions for dialogue" with the Ukrainian government. While Mr. Putin blamed the authorities in Kyiv for the crisis, accusing them of...

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