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Putin Calls on Ukraine Separatists to Postpone Referendum

Russian President Vladimir Putin called on separatists in east Ukraine on Wednesday to postpone a referendum on secession for the mostly Russian-speaking region and said Moscow had withdrawn troops from the border with Ukraine. Putin's comments appeared to open a way to resolving the East-West standoff over Ukraine. The pro-Russian separatists behind the referendum said they had the utmost respect for Putin and that they would consider on Thursday whether to postpone Sunday's...

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